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Nashville Predators vs. Buffalo Sabres Preview: Points Underneath the Tree

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More points, please.

Nashville Predators v Buffalo Sabres Photo by Sara Schmidle/NHLI via Getty Images

The Predators are on a quick road trip to Buffalo to face the Sabres.

Nashville Predators

After a big outing on Tuesday against the Sharks, the Predators are looking for another 2 points tonight. Juuse Saros put on an incredible show in net, allowing just one goal. Nick Bonino, Calle Jarnkrok, and Ryan Johansen added goals to seal the victory. Mikael Granlund made his return from a minor injury and Yakov Trenin was a healthy scratch.

The Predators have grabbed points in their last 6 games. More consistency from the big names and a big offensive effort from Nick Bonino and Calle Jarnkrok has provided a solid foundation for the Predators to “get their act together” as we creep closer to Christmas.

The Predators face the Stars, Rangers, and Islanders over the next week. Points in all three of these contests will go a long way.

Buffalo Sabres

The Sabres are still in the middle of their long rebuilding process. Under new head coach Ralph Krueger, the Sabres are 15-11-6. They’re hanging in the lower middle of the Eastern conference.

Jack Eichel leads the Sabres in points with 44 (20 goals, 24 assists). Rookie Victor Olofsson has 28 points (12 goals, 16 assists). Sam Reinhart has 25 points (12 goals, 13 assists), and Jeff Skinner has 18 points (11 goals, 7 assists). Skinner’s season has not been nearly as monstrous as last season.

With Rasmus Dahlin injured, Rasmus Ristolainen leads all defenseman with 14 points (2 goals, 12 assists).

Linus Ullmark and Carter Hutton have pretty much split the season in net. Ullmark has a .915 Sv% in 17 games, and Hutton has a .901 Sv% over 15 games.

The Sabres stomped the Blues on Tuesday with a score of 5-2.

Memories and Feelings

- Hi, Carter Hutton.

Reasons to Watch

- More points. Let’s go, boys!

- Keep your eye on Victor Olofsson. The kid has some talent.

Tonight’s Theme Song

“You better not...in a pear tree.”

How to Watch

Tonight’s game is a bit earlier than normal. The puck drops at 6:00 Central. 102.5 The Game has the radio call and Fox Sports-TN has the broadcast.