Buffalo Sabres vs Washington Capitals 4/15/21 Game Preview

Expected Lines

Sabres

Skinner – Reinhart – Olofsson

Asplund – Mittelstadt – Thompson

Bjork – Cozens – Ruotsalainen

Rieder – Eakin – Okposo

Bryson-Ristolainen

Dahlin-Jokiharju

Irwin-Miller

Tokarski

Capitals

Ovechkin – Kuznetsov – Wilson

Mantha – Backstrom – Oshie

Sheary – Eller – Sprong

Hagelin – Dowd – Hathaway

Orlov – Carlson

Dillon – Schultz

Chara – Jensen

Vanecek

Tale of the Tape

Record: Buffalo (10-25-7; 8th division/31st league) vs. Washington Capitals (28-11-4; 1st division/3rd league)

5v5 Goals For %: Buffalo (39.75%; 31st) vs. Washington Capitals (56.32%; 7th)

5v5 xGoals For %: Buffalo (46.10%; 26th) vs. Washington Capitals (49.50%; 18th)

Point Leaders:Reinhart (26) vs. Backstrom (44)

News and Notes:

Mantha joins the Capitals

The Sabres take on the Capitals for the first time since acquiring Anthony Mantha in the final minutes of the trade deadline on Monday. 

Mantha had a goal and an assist against the Flyers in his Capitals debut. 

Sheahan out 

Forward Riley Shehan will be out of the lineup with an upper-body injury per Granato.

Player to watch: Rasmus Dahlin

Dahlin has seen an increase in confidence under Don Granato and has six points (2G, 4A) in his last six games. 

Bjork’s debut

Anders Bjork will once again play on a line with Arttu Ruotsalainen and Dylan Cozens, a spot he looked comfortable in his Sabres debut on Tuesday. 

Despite just over 13 minutes of ice-time, Bjork registered an assist and nearly had the game-winning goal in overtime. The 24 year old is an interesting player to follow the rest of the season. 

Eichel out for the season

While not completely un-expected as it’s been months since hearing from the Sabres’ Captain, it was made official on Wednesday that Jack Eichel will be out for the remainder of the season. 

Eichel’s injury is listed as a herniated disc in his neck and he’s expected to make a full recovery for next season. 

Without getting ahead of ourselves, it’s pretty crazy to think of the possibility that Eichel may have played his last game as a Sabre. 

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