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GAME THREAD: Edmonton Oilers Vs. Buffalo Sabres

A new look top 6 leads the charge for Edmonton in Buffalo

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Edmonton Oilers (21-17-4) 4th, Pacific vs.

Buffalo Sabres (17-17-7) 6th, Atlantic

2nd January 2020

KeyBank Center

500 PM MST

TV: Sportsnet West

Radio: 630 CHED

SB Nation Opponent: Die By The Blade

Oilers Lineup:

*Mike Smith gets the start for EDM

Sabres Lineup:

*Linus Ullmark is expected to start for BUF

Three Things To Look For:

  1. Mike Smith will get the nod for the Edmonton Oilers tonight. The much maligned 37-year old has had some troubles over the past month, posting a 2-8 record in his last 10 games played. His last win came on November 23rd against the Vegas Golden Knights.
  2. The Buffalo Sabres haven’t been so hot lately either. The team is in the midst of a 4-game losing streak and is desperate for a win to help them get back in the mix in the Atlantic division. It is safe to expect a very motivated Sabres team tonight.
  3. The Oilers are sporting a new-look top 6 tonight. Connor McDavid will remain at the centre of James Neal and Zack Kassian on the top line while Leon Draisaitl will pivot between Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Kailer Yamamoto. This will be Yamamoto’s second game of the season, he picked up an empty-net goal on New Years Eve against the Rangers.