The Sabres come back home to play the Blues

December 10, 2019 - 2:12 pm

Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - It'll be interesting to see if the Sabres have any gas left in the tank for Tuesday's game against the Blues. Buffalo played three games in four days in Western Canada which started in Calgary and then went to Vancouver and Edmonton.

The team got back at five Monday morning and had the rest of the day off before having to play this game against the Blues.

Buffalo went 1-1-1 on the trip and picked up three-of-four points in the final two games. The Sabres have points in seven of their last nine games and are one point behind Florida for second place in the Atlantic Division.

Jack Eichel has points in 13 straight games. He has 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 points during the streak. Eichel remains seventh in league scoring with 42 points. His 18 goals ranks him sixth in the NHL.

Johan Larsson has seven points in his last six games while Victor Olofsson has points in 13-of-16 games scoring six goals and 10 assists for 16 points.

Linus Ullmark gets the call in goal. Ullmark is 4-1-1 in his last six starts allowing 16 goals.

Casey Mittelstadt and Jake McCabe return to the lineup with Conor Sheary and Marco Scandella the healthy scratches.

Rasmus Dahlin returned to practice in a non-contact capacity. Dahlin said he hasn't been totally cleared by doctors yet, but feels great.

The Blues have lost two in a row, but still lead the Central Division and the Western Conference by one point over Colorado.

It's amazing the Blues have still been good because Vladimir Tarensko has only played 10 games, Alex Steen has only played 17 and Oscar Sundqvist has missed six games. None of them will be in the lineup against Buffalo.

Without Tarasenko, former Sabre Ryan O'Reilly's production is back around what it was with the Sabres as he has 27 points in 32 games. O'Reilly has one goal in his last 13 games.

In the last two games St., Louis has only scored two goals, but in the in the four games before that, they scored 16.

St. Louis usually has no problem with the Sabres as they're 12-1-1 in their last 14 against Buffalo.

With everything that's going on in the NHL these days the league has instituted policies for abuse to be reported. Gary Bettman said on Monday that abuse of any kind will not be tolerated and must be reported. This is going to be long, but Kyle Okposo gave a very well thought out answer to what's going on so I am going to quote the whole thing, "There's a cultural shift that's happened, especially in the United States over the last few years and it's happening more and more with businesses and corporations and I think as a society as a whole, you wish that it didn't have to happen and you wish that everybody treated people with respect, but it doesn't mean that you can't be hard on guys.

"I think that's something that's getting lost a little bit in this whole situation. You still have to do your job and sometimes the best way to do your job is to call a guy out or yell at a guy, it's what happens. This is big business and you have to be able to as a person be able to take some of that constructive criticism and be able to look at it objectively.

"So I think there's a lot of feeling out process in this. Obviously the first incident was extremely explosive, so now everybody's a little bit rattled and trying to get ahead of everything and that's understandable, but I think that everybody needs to take a deep breath because for the most part, there's good people in this game. Sure, you're going to get some bad apples in hockey and in life, everybody just needs to take a deep breath and if you feel wronged or you feel abused, persecuted, then you for sure should speak out, but lets not make every single small incident a major deal."

Hear more from Okposo as well as Ralph Krueger, Casey Mittelstadt and Rasmus Dahlin on the pregame with Schopp and the Bulldog live from 716 starting at 6:30.

Tuesday's lines:

Olofsson Eichel Reinhart

Vesey Johansson Asplund

Skinner Rodrigues Mittelstadt

Girgensons Larsson Okposo

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