The Buffalo Sabres look to end a seven-game losing streak tonight as they face the Edmonton Oilers in the second portion of a five-game road trip.
Tonight’s Sabres game is a late one, with puck drop set for 9:30 p.m. EST. at Rexall Place.
Fans in the Buffalo are can catch the game on MSG, while it will be available across Canada on TSN. Sabres fans looking for a radio broadcast instead should head over to WGR-550 AM radio (or the station’s website) for full game coverage.
In addition, fans outside the viewing area can utilize NHL GameCenter Live to catch tonight’s game. The GameCenter app is available for Android, Apple TV, Blackberry, iPad, iPhone/iPod, Playstation and Xbox among other devices. You can also download the app for free to keep track of scores, standings and statistics across the league – that portion is all free, with the option to ‘buy-in’ if you wish to watch games live.
One highlight of tonight’s game? Matt Hackett‘s debut with the Buffalo Sabres. Hackett has spent the majority of this season with the AHL’s Rochester Americans, but is expected to start in net tonight for Buffalo.
He hasn’t appeared in an NHL game in almost a year. Hackett’s last NHL game was during his stint with the Minnesota Wild – a March 29, 2013 loss to the Dallas Stars.
One factor the Sabres will have to contend with tonight is – again – injuries. Zemgus Girgensons is out, as well as Chris Stewart and Alexander Sulzer. Tyler Myers is out again tonight, and it’s been reported now that he will not join the Sabres on the road trip at all. Michal Neuvirth remains out of the lineup with a lower-body injury, though he may be ready to return against Vancouver, and of course, Jhonas Enroth is also sidelined.
The Sabres tonight are facing an Oilers team that is in last place in the Western Conference with 59 points. Edmonton, however, is on a two-game winning streak, coming off wins over Carolina and Nashville.
The Sabres, of course, are on a seven-game losing streak, with their last victory coming exactly two weeks ago over Tampa Bay. They’ll look to break out of that stretch with a win tonight in Edmonton.
Will the Sabres give Matt Hackett a win in his Buffalo debut? And just how many shots will he have to face en route to a hopeful victory? Can the Sabres end the drought and capture two points? And how will they fare against Edmonton’s youngsters, including Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Nail Yakupov?
Stay tuned – puck drops at 9:30 p.m. EST.