BUFFALO – With their playoff hopes still alive, the Buffalo Sabres will have a chance to strengthen the possibility with a game on Saturday and another on Sunday.
The first game of the weekend series Buffalo has will be a road game Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Sunday’s game will be at home vs. the Winnipeg Jets at 3 p.m.
Currently, the Sabres are in fifth place in the Atlantic Division with 62 points, eight points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs and 10 points behind the Carolina Hurricanes, who hold the Atlantic Division’s Wild Card spot.
In their last game, Buffalo suffered a 7-4 loss in the hands of the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday.
Going into their weekend games, the Sabres are led by team captain Jack Eichel, who has a team-leading 75 points with team-highs of 33 goals and 42 assists.
Besides Eichel’s numbers, Sam Reinhart has provided offensive support, as he has tallied 21 goals and 27 assists for a total of 48 points, good for second on the team.
It is still up in the air whether Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark will be back in action from either game, as he is recuperating from a lower-body injury sustained in January.
Should Ullmark be unable to suit up for either game, the Sabres also have veteran Carter Hutton and Jonas Johansson, who in January was promoted from the AHL’s Rochester Americans, the Sabres minor-league affiliate team.
Both Sabres games this weekend will be televised on MSGB.