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Sabres vs. Canucks: Five things to know

VANCOUVER -- The Sabres wrap up their Western road trip tonight against the Vancouver Canucks in Rogers Arena (not to be confused with Edmonton's Rogers Place or Toronto's Rogers Centre). Here's five things to know about tonight's game:

---On the air: The faceoff is shortly after 10 p.m on both MSG and WGR Radio.

---The lineups: Robin Lehner will make his fourth straight start in goal for the Sabres against Vancouver's Jacob Markstrom. Former Sabre Ryan Miller, who has struggled with abdominal tightness the last couple days, skated today and will be the backup. Sabres center Johan Larsson, who missed practice here Wednesday for a maintenance day, took part in the team's optional morning skate today and said he was fine. Coach Dan Bylsma said the Sabres will watch Larsson closely in the warmup before giving him the go-ahead. Because of the optional, the Sabres did not do line combination work.

---History books: The Canucks will be trying for their first 4-0 start since the 1992-93 season while the Sabres will be trying to take five of six points on a Western Canada road trip for the first time since 1997-98. Vancouver is the first team in NHL history to start a season 3-0 and never lead in regulation in any of those games. The Canucks have beaten Calgary in a shootout and posted overtime wins over Carolina and St. Louis.

---Taking the roadThe Sabres are looking for a big bounceback from Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss in Calgary, a game they led three times but one they were also outshot in 34-21.

"You go on the road for three games out west and it's an opportunity to get five points out of six on a hard road trip," Bylsma said. "It's something we'd be real pleased with it if we could do that tonight. It's always a challenge. It's not so much the competition as it is the difficultly of the trip going out west to play hard games. It would say a lot about our group to knuckle down here and get two points."

"We're disappointed with the last game. That's not what we wanted," said center Ryan O'Reilly. "This is a big game for us to get these points for a good road trip. We want to regroup after that poor performance."

---Double trouble: Henrik and Daniel Sedin each have one goal and one assist for the Canucks in the first three games. Henrik's goal was the overtime winner against St. Louis while Daniel's goal in the final four minutes of regulation tied the game against Calgary. In 18 career games against the Sabres, Daniel Sedin has four goals and 12 assists while Henrik has four goals and 10 assists. For their careers, Daniel has 356-588-944 while Henrik is at 223-749-972.

"It's nice being away from them a little bit and not seeing them so much," joked O'Reilly, who met the 36-year-old twins often while with Colorado. "Once they get going, it's really dangerous. Just the elite level they think at is like nothing else. When they get going, their patience, the way they can suck you in and open up the ice. You can't have a casual shift against them or they will make you pay."

 

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