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Blackhawks seek season series sweep of Sabres

Chicago looks to snap a three-game road losing streak.

Chicago Blackhawks v Buffalo Sabres Photo by Tom Brenner/ Getty Images

The Chicago Blackhawks will go for the two-game season series sweep of the Buffalo Sabres in a Saturday matinee at KeyBank Center in Buffalo.

The Hawks won the first meeting 3-2 in overtime Dec. 8 in Chicago. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane share the team lead with 15 career points against the Sabres. Kane has two goals and three assists in his last three games against his hometown team. Chicago is 13-2 against Buffalo with Kane.

Jean-Francois Berube will start in net for Chicago after making 30 saves in relief during the Hawks’ 6-2 loss Thursday at Winnipeg. Berube is 0-0-1 against Buffalo in his career.

With Thursday’s loss, the Hawks dropped their third straight road game and fourth this month. Chicago has allowed at least six goals in those losses and been outscored 26-11 in its past five road games.

The Sabres may get two of their best offensive weapons back for Saturday’s game. Buffalo fell 5-2 to Toronto on Thursday and have now dropped three of its last four games. But the Sabres may see the return of winger Kyle Okposo and center Jack Eichel make in the lineup.

Okposo suffered a concussion 11 days ago after a collision with Ottawa’s Bobby Ryan. Okposo, who has a history with concussion, returned to practice Friday afternoon. He ranks fourth on the team in scoring with 38 points (11 goals, 27 assists) in as many games.

Eichel has missed several weeks with an ankle injury. Buffalo’s top scorer also returned to practice this week. He has 53 points (22 goals, 31 assists) in 55 games this season.

The Sabres will turn to backup Chad Johnson in net. Johnson is 7-11-3 with a 3.28 goals-against average and .896 save percentage in 27 games.

Lineups

Blackhawks

Position Players
Position Players
F1 Brandon Saad - Jonathan Toews - Patrick Kane
F2 Matthew Highmore - Nick Schmaltz - Vinnie Hinostroza
F3 Tomas Jurco - Artem Anisimov - Alex DeBrincat
F4 Patrick Sharp - David Kampf - John Hayden
D1 Duncan Keith - Jan Rutta
D2 Erik Gustafsson - Brent Seabrook
D3 Jordan Oesterle - Connor Murphy
Goaltender Anton Forsberg OR Jean-Francois Berube

Blues

Position Players
Position Players
F1 Jaden Schwartz - Brayden Schenn - Vladimir Tarasenko
F2 Patrik Berglund - Kyle Brodziak - Alex Steen
F3 Dmitrij Jaskin - Vladimir Sobotka - Tage Thompson
F4 Nikita Soshnikov - Ivan Barbashev - Chris Thorburn
D1 Carl Gunnarsson - Alex Pietrangelo
D2 Vince Dunn - Colton Parayko
D3 Joel Edmundson - Robert Bortuzzo
Goaltender Jake Allen OR Ville Husso

*Lines are subject to change.

How to watch Blackhawks at Sabres

Start time: Noon, Central time

Location: KeyBank Center, Buffalo

TV: WGN