Sharks-Sabres coverage starts tonight at 3:30 pm with Sharks Pregame Live on CSN California
Where they stand
Sharks: 8-8-0, 16 points, 4th Pacific Division
Sabres: 8-8-0, 16 points, 5th Atlantic Division
Sharks: The Sharks started a six-game road trip in Detroit on Friday, beating the Red Wings, 3-2. Melker Karlsson, Matt Nieto and Joe Pavelski scored, while Martin Jones made 26 saves.
[REWIND: Sharks' road trip starts on positive note]
Sabres: Buffalo skated to a 3-2 win in Florida on Thursday, despite getting outshot 38-19 by the Panthers. The Sabres have won three straight, and five of their last six.
Keep an eye on…
Sharks: Justin Braun. The Sharks defenseman has posted assists in back-to-back games, and played a season-high 24:39 on Friday in Detroit. He’s scoreless with a -2 rating in six career games against the Sabres.
Sabres: Jack Eichel. The second overall pick from last June’s draft is off to a solid start, with a team-high 6 goals and 9 points in his first 16 games. He centers a line that includes former Shark Jamie McGinn.
Melker Karlsson – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Nikolay Goldobin – Patrick Marleau – Joel Ward
Joonas Donskoi – Tomas Hertl – Tommy Wingels
Matt Nieto – Chris Tierney – Mike Brown
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon – Matt Tennyson
Matt Moulson – Ryan O’Reilly – Brian Gionta
Jamie McGinn – Jack Eichel – Tyler Ennis
Johan Larsson – Zemgus Girgensons – Sam Reinhart
Nicolas Deslauriers – David Legwand – Marcus Foligno
Josh Gorges – Rasmus Ristolainen
Jake McCabe – Mark Pysyk
Carlo Colaiacovo – Cody Franson
Goals per game: 2.63 (16th)
Goals-against per game: 2.63 (16th)
Power play: 11.1 percent (30th)
Penalty kill: 78.0 percent (21st)
Goals per game: 2.38 (21st)
Goals-against per game: 2.75 (19th)
Power play: 25.0 percent (4th)
Penalty kill: 75.6 percent (26th)
Sharks: Ben Smith (head) and Logan Couture (fractured right fibula) are out.
Sabres: Mike Weber (lower body) is day-to-day. Cody McCormick (blood clots), Zach Bogosian (lower body), Robin Lehner (sprained ankle) and Evander Kane (sprained MCL) are out.
Buffalo visits San Jose on Feb. 26.
The Sharks are 1-15-1 all-time in Buffalo, their worst record in any visiting city. Their only win came on Dec. 2, 2005 in Joe Thornton’s Sharks debut.