It's looking good for the Sabres to get O'Reilly back

November 11, 2016 - 7:10 am
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Dan Bylsma said Ryan O’Reilly is a gametime decision, but it certainly sounds like he will return tonight. O’Reilly did all the drills and practiced on the number one power play. He said, “Great, I felt really good. I feel 100 percent good to go.”
 
Dmitry Kulikov is not going to play and is day to day. Justin Falk has been called up from Rochester to take his place.
 
Jack Eichel skated for the second straight day without equipment. On Thursday it was for 25 minutes and Friday it was for 45 minutes.
 
Falk has played 171 NHL games with Columbus, Minnesota and the Rangers scoring two goals and 21 assists. This season in nine games with Rochester he does not have a point.
 
Josh Gorges didn’t skate this morning and Bylsma said it’s a maintenance day.
 
Anders Nilsson gets back in the net for the first time since October 29 when he shutout Florida. Nilsson said, “It is what it is and as I always say, you can only control what you can control and I’m trying to control my work ethic in practice and the way I prepare myself. Robin has been playing great since he came back from illness, so now I get and I’m going to do my best to help the team get two points.”

Nilsson is 1-1-1 with a 1.96 goals against and .937 save percentage.
 
Despite good goaltending, the Sabres are tied for second last in league scoring with just two goals per game. Ryan O’Reilly thinks it’s time to stop taking bad shots and possess the puck more. Bylsma said, “If we’re looking to increase our analytics we can shoot from the other end of the rink and from the red line and from the blue line and from outside and that’s not going to necessarily get us more goals. There are bad shots to take, but if volume of shots means you’re getting more volume of shots from the inside and from Grade A opportunities and second chances, then we need more volume.”
 
New Jersey is 25th at 2.33, but has seven goals in its last two games.
 
The Devils are fourth in the Metropolitan Division with 15 points. That’s two more than Buffalo.
 
New Jersey starts Keith Kinkad. He’s 1-0-1 with a 1.98 goals against and .937 save percentage. This is Kinkad’s second game in three. He won in Carolina 4-1.
 
This Devil team has a different look with Taylor Hall in their lineup. In 12 games Hall has five goals and four assists for nine points. He’s been held without a goal in his last six games. Dan Bylsma said, “It gives them a dynamic offensive piece and he’s been that for them and that’s something they’re really never had. They’ve been doing it by committee the last couple of years.”
 
Travis Zajac has points in four straight games. Zajac is tied with Hall and Damon Severson as the Devils leading scorers.
 
Join the Bulldog for the pregame live from 716 at 6:00 when he’ll be joined by Dan Bylsma, Ryan O’Reilly and Anders Nilsson.
 
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