Buffalo Sabres (14-31-3) at Edmonton Oilers (12-27-9)
TV: MSG-B, BELL-E
The 2 worst teams in the NHL meet for the 2nd and final time this season tonight in Edmonton. You guessed it, the Oilers host the Buffalo Sabres and although we still have almost half a season to play, it appears these two franchises are all in on tanking for the right to draft Connor McDavid. Edmonton beat Buffalo 3-2 back in November and although the Sabres would like to even the season series, they are currently caught up in a 12 game losing streak. They could care less who the opponent is right now, they just need a win.
Recently Brian Gionta returned to the lineup after missing significant time with an upper-body injury. Michal Neuvirth is out after hurting himself during the all-star break. So Jhonas Enroth will start in goal for Buffalo. One thing the Sabres have going for them is a 4 game win streak at Rexall place and haven’t lost in Edmonton since 2003.
Nikita Zadorov is still being punished by the Sabres for arriving late for a team practice in Buffalo on Monday. He sat out Tuesday’s loss in Calgary.
Edmonton could be without Taylor Hall who was injured Monday during a team practice. He will be a game time decision. Oilers Head Coach Todd Nelson was not the bench boss when the Oilers visited in Buffalo in November, he took over for Dallas Eakins on December 15, 2014. The Oilers have been playing better since the Eakins firing and also picked up former Sabres centerman Derek Roy.
Cody Hodgson’s last goal came on December 13th, 2014. He has 2 goals on the season and bags full of money. Roll it up and smoke it Cody.