ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Sam Reinhart's practice effort impressed Ted Nolan, so the rookie will get another chance to try and impress people during a game.
Reinhart, scratched for the Sabres' last outing, will be back in the lineup tonight when Buffalo visits Anaheim. The Sabres didn't do any forward line drills during their morning skate, so it's not clear where Reinhart will be in the lineup.
"I think he was just overwhelmed in the first number of games," Nolan said in Honda Center. "It’s better to sit back and watch and observe and get a new perspective, so he’s going in tonight."
Reinhart has two shots and no points in five games. He'll replace Brian Flynn, who will be scratched along with Tyson Strachan and Nikita Zadorov.
Michal Neuvirth will start in goal for Buffalo. He's made one appearance this season, going 0-1 with a 5.00 goals-against average and .886 save percentage.
The Sabres continued to do extra faceoff work during practice. They are last in the NHL in faceoffs, winning just 41.7 percent of the draws.
"In order to score you’ve got to shoot the puck," Nolan said. "We haven’t been shooting the puck, and it starts in the faceoffs. If you don’t win the faceoffs, you end up chasing the puck more so than not. We’ve got to really bear down on our faceoffs, get ourselves in position, move our feet, attack."
Anaheim has also been focusing on faceoffs, and the Ducks rank fourth in the league after winning 54.3 percent. Center Ryan Getzlaf is at 59.2 percent, while Ryan Kesler is at 57.5 percent.
"I know Ryan Getzlaf is one of the most competitive men I’ve ever met, and he doesn’t want to be second in anything," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Kess comes in here and he’s doing good on faceoffs, I’m thinking that Ryan is bearing down a little more."