Schastlivy - Spezza - Hossa
Vermette - Corso - McGrattan
Watson - Van Allen - Hull
Schaefer - Laich - Hamel
The first line is what many Sens posters have been waiting for - Spezza the playmaker with two of our best "shoot first and ask questions later" guys. Bets on the over under goals combined for that line are currently running at 2. Not sure how many they'll score, but my bet is Hossa and Schastlivy combine for at least 10 shots on net. Now taking bets...
The second line is a potential AHL first line. Third is a plugger line, while the fourth will be interesting to see how Laich might be able to feed off Schaefer.
As an FYI - Hossa is still expected to play with Bonk and Varada this season, although Martin does shakes things up often enough that trio could see time together again. But Spezza - Schastlivy could certainly work, as that matches a quintesential playmaker and finisher.
Spezza's worked well with all three Sens right wingers so it doesn't really matter who he plays with, but he did have great chemistry with Havlat. The thing about them is that neither are too great defensively so they might not be put together.
A lot of notables for the Sabres will be out. Drury, Hecht, Briere, Dumont, Brown...Satan obviously.
I have a feeling the lineup with feature A LOT of muscle. I'm guessing Peters (the new 247 pound version, apparently), McMorrow, and Gaustad will be in there. Begin as well. Probably Ryan Jorde. Maybe Mair.
I know Peters is one guy that's already fought 4-5 times in camp and has a decent shot at making the team, esp since injuring Boulton.
I bet he's going to be looking for any willing...and maybe not so willing...partners tonight. If McMorrow plays too, I can imagine he won't want Peters to upstage him.
I'd look for a big, tough Sabres team (young too) with few regulars. I imagine the only starters being Pyatt, Kotalik, Afino, and Connolly on forward.