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Game #3 Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets, seeking first win of the season, host Buffalo Sabres

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NHL: SEP 17 Preseason - Sabres at Blue Jackets Photo by Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Buffalo Sabres at Columbus Blue Jackets
Monday, October 7, 2019 - 7:00 PM
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
TV: Fox Sports Ohio - Radio: WBNS FM
Opponent’s blog: Die By the Blade

Buffalo Sabres, 2-0-0, 4 points, 2nd Atlantic, 4th East
@
Columbus Blue Jackets, 0-2-0, 0 points, 8th Metro, 16th East

Burn the tape from Saturday. Find a way to get the win tonight.

Player to Watch

Alexander Wennberg

After a pretty solid preseason that featured him even shooting the puck, Wennberg was expected to take a step forward this season. Thus far, he has not. He has one shot on net through two games and has failed to find chemistry with Oliver Bjorkstrand and Gustav Nyquist. With the team stumbling out of the gate, the Jackets cannot afford for Wennberg to struggle further.

Jackets Notes

Pierre-Luc Dubois fought Sidney Crosby on Saturday night, Crosby’s first fight since he squared off with Brandon Dubinsky in 2015 ... Scratched on opening night, both Dean Kukan (15:16) and Vladislav Gavrikov(16:07) made their season debuts

The Other Bench

Buffalo improved to 2-0 on the season on Saturday as they pumped in seven goals over the New Jersey Devils ... The Sabres are averaging 38.5 shots per game this season ... Rasmus Dahlin leads the Sabres in scoring this season with four points in two games

Season Series

10/7/2019 BUF @ CBJ
02/1/2020 CBJ @ BUF
02/13/2020 CBJ @ BUF

Stats

Buffalo Columbus
5.00 (3) GPG 1.50 (28)
1.50 (4) GAPG 5.50 (30)
66.7% (1) PP% 16.7% (21)
85.7% (10) PK% 66.7% (25)
58.14% (3) 5v5 Corsi % 45.56% (23)
59.68% (3) 5v5 Fenwick % 48.12% (19)
10.17 (10) 5v5 Shot % 4.26 (29)
.941 (11) 5v5 Save % .867 (29)
Victor Olofsson, Sam Reinhart, Conor Sheary 2 G Leader Cam Atkinson, Zach Werenski, Gustav Nyquist 1
Rasmus Dahlin, 3 A Leader Riley Nash, 2
Rasmus Dahlin, 4 P Leader Riley Nash, 2
Kyle Okposo, 10 PIM Leader Pierre-Luc Dubois, 5
1-0-0 Home / Road 0-1-0

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets

Alexandre Texier Pierre-Luc Dubois Cam Atkinson
Nick Foligno Boone Jenner Josh Anderson
Gustav Nyquist Alexander Wennberg Oliver Bjorkstand
Jakob Lilja Riley Nash Emil Bemstrom
Ryan Murray Seth Jones
Zach Werenski David Savard
Scott Harrington Markus Nutivaara
Joonas Korpisalo
Elvis Merzlikins

Buffalo Sabres

Victor Olofsson Jack Eichel Sam Reinhart
Jeff Skinner Marcus Johansson Vladimir Sobotka
Jimmy Vesey Casey Mittlestadt Conor Sheary
Zemgus Girgensons Johan Larsson Kyle Okposo
Rasmus Dahlin Colin Miller
Jake McCabe Rasmus Ristolainen
Marco Scandella Henri Jokiharju
Carter Hutton
Linus Ullmark