2019-20 NHL – Ottawa Senators @ Buffalo Sabres Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Ottawa Senators @ Buffalo Sabres taking place? Wednesday 29th January, 2020 – 00:00 (UK)

Where is Ottawa Senators @ Buffalo Sabres taking place? KeyBank Center, Buffalo

What channel is Ottawa Senators @ Buffalo Sabres on? Premier Sports

Where can I stream Ottawa Senators @ Buffalo Sabres? Premier Sport subscribers can stream this match live via Premier Player

Where can I get tickets for Ottawa Senators @ Buffalo Sabres? https://www.nhl.com/tickets

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Ottawa Senators 3 – 1 Buffalo Sabres

THE TEAM NEWS

OTTAWA SENATORS

  • Ottawa are coming off a 4-3 loss against the New Jersey Devils the last time out and own a 1-4 record during their last five games. This poor run of form has seen them fall all the way to 14th place in the Eastern Conference standings with 43 points out of 49 games.
  • The Senators should be quite depleted entering this matchup since they have six confirmed absentees: defenceman Christian Wolanin and wingers Nick Paul, Bobby Ryan, Marian Gaborik, Clarke MacArthur and Ryan Callahan. Plus, goaltender Anders Nilsson should be listed as day-to-day with concussion-like symptoms.
  • Anthony Duclair should be Ottawa’s main player to watch as the franchise’s top scoring threat this season. The 24-year-old winger is up to 33 points (21 goals, 12 assists) in 48 games, but he has just one assist in his last five appearances.

BUFFALO SABRES

  • The Sabres are coming off a 2-1 defeat to the Nashville Predators and that result ended their three-game winning streak. They still own a 3-2 mark over their last five outings but sit in 11th place of the Eastern Conference standings with 51 points out of 49 games, 10 points away from a playoff berth.
  • Matt Hunwick and Vladimir Sobotka have both been ruled out for the remainder of the regular season. Tage Thompson should be listed as questionable due to a shoulder injury, while Victor Olofsson continues to recover from a lower body injury.
  • One player to watch for the Sabres should be defenceman Rasmus Dahlin, who has a goal and six assists over his last seven games while becoming one of the team’s top contributors overall. The Swede is up to 28 points, 67 shots on goal, 30 PIM and a minus-1 rating through 41 contests this term.

THE PREDICTION

Despite the fact both teams are coming off losses in their previous games the Sabres should be listed as favourites here. They are at home, look far healthier and overall, they have had a better season than a rebuilding Senators team. Buffalo should take advantage of Ottawa’s thin forward depth to secure a comfortable win as they keep pushing for a playoff berth down the stretch.

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