GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Sabres will have a new look tonight because of injuries and returns to health.
Here are Five Things to Know as Buffalo visits the Arizona Coyotes (10 p.m., MSG, ESPN-AM 1520).
1. Justin Bailey is out.
The right winger skipped the morning skate because of a lower-body injury, and he'll watch the game from the press box. His absence left the Sabres with the following lines:
Evander Kane-Jack Eichel-Jason Pominville
Benoit Pouliot-Ryan O'Reilly-Kyle Okposo
Zemgus Girgensons-Sam Reinhart-Seth Griffith
Matt Moulson-Johan Larsson-Jordan Nolan
Forward Nick Baptiste rotated in as a member of the fourth line and did extra skating after practice, so he's expected to be the healthy scratch.
Moulson is back in after being a healthy scratch for two straight. He has no points and is minus-6 in eight appearances.
2. Justin Falk is in.
The defenseman will make his season debut after missing the opening 12 games with a lower-body injury. Falk's goal?
"Just remember the foundation of my game and what I bring and do that on a consistent basis," he said in Gila River Arena. "I'm sure I'll use the first few shifts just to get my feet underneath me again, get a few bumps, get bumped and hopefully look to contribute."
The defense pairings:
Marco Scandella-Rasmus Ristolainen
Jake McCabe-Matt Tennyson
Taylor Fedun did the extra skating with Baptiste and will be the scratch on defense.
3. Coyotes start quickly.
Despite their NHL-worst record of 1-11-1, the Coyotes actually jump on teams. They have scored first in nine of their 13 games.
"They're a team that plays very aggressive," Sabres coach Phil Housley said. "They're going to be desperate. We understand that. Their starts have been terrific.
"We're going to have to be ready at the start of the game because they want to establish their forecheck and try to turn pucks over. We've got to be aware of that."
The Sabres are 2-2-2 when they score first and 1-5 when the opponent opens the scoring.
4. Robin Lehner and Antti Raanta will be in net.
The Sabres are starting Lehner for the second straight game and fourth time in five outings. He is 2-4-1 with a .911 save percentage.
The Coyotes' Raanta is playing for the first time since getting hurt Oct. 12. He has missed nine straight. Acquired from the New York Rangers during the offseason, Raanta is 0-1-1 with a .911 save percentage.
5. Coyotes waive Adam Clendening.
The Niagara Falls native just can't stick with an NHL club. Arizona waived the defenseman today.
Clendening has played in five games for the Coyotes, recording two assists and a minus-1 rating. He skated a season-high 19:11 in Tuesday's 5-3 loss in Detroit.
Drafted in the second round by Chicago in 2011, Clendening has played for Chicago, Pittsburgh, Vancouver, Edmonton, the Rangers and Coyotes during the past four seasons.
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