Sabres visit the Panthers after Skinner’s 2-goal game
Buffalo Sabres vs. Florida Panthers
Sunrise, Florida; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Panthers -329, Sabres +250; over/under is 6
BOTTOM LINE: The Florida Panthers host Buffalo after Jeff Skinner scored two goals in the Sabres’ 7-4 loss to the Kraken.
The Panthers are 3-0-2 in division play. Florida ranks third in the NHL recording 10.1 points per game, averaging 3.7 goals and 6.4 assists.
The Sabres are 3-3-2 against the rest of their division. Buffalo has scored 63 goals and ranks 10th in the Eastern Conference averaging 2.9 goals per game. Tage Thompson leads the team with 10.
The teams square off Thursday for the first time this season.
TOP PERFORMERS: Jonathan Huberdeau leads the Panthers with 16 assists and has 23 points this season. Aaron Ekblad has eight assists over the last 10 games for Florida.
Thompson leads the Sabres with 10 goals and has 16 points. Kyle Okposo has six assists over the last 10 games for Buffalo.
LAST 10 GAMES: Panthers: 5-3-2, averaging 3.3 goals, 5.5 assists, 3.3 penalties and 7.2 penalty minutes while giving up 2.9 goals per game with a .907 save percentage.
Sabres: 3-6-1, averaging 2.8 goals, 4.4 assists, 2.8 penalties and 7.5 penalty minutes while giving up 3.8 goals per game with an .891 save percentage.
INJURIES: Panthers: Markus Nutivaara: out (undisclosed), Mason Marchment: day to day (upper body), Anthony Duclair: day to day (lower body), Aleksander Barkov: out (lower body).
Sabres: Craig Anderson: out (upper body), Casey Mittelstadt: out (upper body).