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Game #10 Preview: Blue Jackets Host Sabres

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Can Columbus build on Thursday’s win?

NHL: Buffalo Sabres at Columbus Blue Jackets
Oct 25, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Markus Nutivaara (65) passes the puck against the Buffalo Sabres during the third period at Nationwide Arena. Columbus beat Buffalo 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports
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Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 7:00 EST
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
TV: Fox Sports Ohio; Radio: 97.1 FM
Opponent’s Blog: Die By The Blade

Columbus Blue Jackets (5-4-0, 10 points, t-3rd Metro, t-8th East)

vs.

Buffalo Sabres (6-4-0, 12 points, 5th Atlantic, 6th East)

It’s Saturday Night Hockey at Nationwide Arena! The Blue Jackets look to build on Thursday’s win as they host the better-than-expected Buffalo Sabres. Anyone here going to be there tonight?

Player to Watch

Rasmus Dahlin

The Swedish defenseman was the first pick of this summer’s NHL draft. So far he has 1 goal and 3 assists through 10 games while averaging over 18 minutes a night. He’s not getting thrown right into a first pair role like Zach Werenski was, but I’m still eager to see how he looks against NHL competition.

Jackets Notes

There was no practice yesterday, so no new news as of the time of this writing...I’m assuming that Hott Scarrington stays in the lineup after his 2 assist effort, that Sonny Milano returns, and that Sergei Bobrovsky starts in goal...That being said, how many of you would prefer that Joonas Korpisalo start again? Some were expressing that sentiment immediately after Thursday’s game.

The Other Bench

Raise your hand if you thought Buffalo would get off to a good start this season...Put your hand down, you liar...The Sabres surprised me by trading for Jeff Skinner this summer, but so far it’s paid off. He’s leading the team in goals and points...The Sabres have won 3 in a row, but are still struggling with consistency.

Season Series

10/27/2018 BUF @ CBJ
01/29/2019 BUF @ CBJ
03/31/2019 CBJ @ BUF

Stats

Buffalo Columbus
2.60 (25) GPG 3.44 (9)
2.80 (13) GAPG 3.78 (28)
21.1% (16) PP% 16.7% (21)
73.3% (23) PK% 71.4% (27)
49.75% (16) EV Corsi % 51.57% (11)
99.3 (17) EV PDO 98.4 (22)
Jeff Skinner, 5 G Leader Josh Anderson, 5
Jack Eichel, 6 A Leader Artemi Panarin, 9
Jeff Skinner, 10 P Leader Artemi Panarin, 12
Zach Bogosian, 17 PIM Leader Pierre-Luc Dubois, 16
3-2-0 Home / Road 2-3-0
6-4-0 Last 10 5-4-0

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
Artemi Panarin Pierre-Luc Dubois Cam Atkinson
Nick Foligno Boone Jenner Josh Anderson
Anthony Duclair Alexander Wennberg Oliver BJORKSTRAND
Lukas Sedlak Riley Nash Sonny Milano
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Ryan Murray Markus Nutivaara
Hott Scarrington David Savard
Sergei Bobrovsky
Joonas Korpisalo
Buffalo Sabres
Jeff Skinner Jack Eichel Jason Pominville
Conor Sheary Vladimir Sobotka Sam Reinhart
Evan Rodrigues Casey Mittelstadt Kyle Okposo
Patrick Berglund Johan Larsson Zemgus Girgensons
Jack McCabe Rasmus Ristolainen
Marco Scandella Zach Bogosian
Rasmus Dahlin Casey Nelson
Carter Hutton
Linus Ullmark