Game Day Preview: Jason Pominville returns to Buffalo

Rory Boylen
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Happy Thanksgiving to all our Canadian readers. There are three games on Monday, which feature two East giants, two slow starters, and the return of a former player. May your bellies be full with turkey.

Detroit at Boston
These two meet for the second time this season, after Boston won Oct. 5′s game by a 4-1 score. That loss has been Detroit’s only against an Eastern Conference team since their switch over to the conference. Boston is still trying to find its groove, but hold a 3-1-0 record anyway.

Detroit’s power play (currently ranked 21st in the league) needs to get going against the Bruins. (Detroit Free Press)

Boston’s one constant through four games? Goalie Tuukka Rask. (Boston Herald)

Player To Watch: Jarome Iginla has only one assist through four games with Boston, so resuming his usual production at normal levels would give another boost to the Bs.

Edmonton at Washington
Neither team is where they hoped they’d be at this point. Most of this has to do with the fact they have a really hard time keeping the puck out of the net. The Oilers haven’t allowed fewer than four goals in a game yet, while Washington is averaging allowing four per game.

Despite losing three in a row and four of their first five, Capitals coach Adam Oates sees positives to build on. Is that showboating? (Washington Post)

Dallas Eakins and Nail Yakupov speak about the coach’s decision to leave the 2012 first overall pick out of Saturday’s lineup – and he may not even return Monday. (Edmonton Journal)

Player To Watch: Devan Dubnyk has faced a very average amount of shots thus far, but has an .829 save percentage and 0-3-1 record. Even backup Jason Labarbera is at .892.

Minnesota at Buffalo
Thomas Vanek’s current team vs. Thomas Vanek’s next team? Perhaps. The Sabres are living up to their billing as a low lottery team. Minnesota won their last two home games after they were unable to capitalize on the first back-to-back session at Xcel Energy Center. Now they seek out their first road win.

Because of Jason Pominville’s link to Thomas Vanek, speculation of the latter coming to Minnesota won’t dissipate until he lands somewhere else. (Star Tribune)

Without any leverage on the ice, the Sabres seek an advantage through analytics. (Buffalo News)

Player To Watch: Jason Pominville makes his first trip to Buffalo since being traded from the Sabres to the Wild on April 3. He returns with one goal in five games so far this season.