NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, February 3rd
(All times Eastern)
Edmonton Oilers (18-33-6) at Buffalo Sabres (15-31-8), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - After a record-setting performance in a shutout win last
week, Ben Scrivens and the Edmonton Oilers came crashing back to earth
Saturday in Boston.
The Oilers will try to get back in the win column on Monday when they continue
a four-game road trip with a battle against the Buffalo Sabres.
Edmonton won its third straight game last Wednesday against visiting San Jose,
beating the Sharks 3-0 as Scrivens stopped 59 shots to set an NHL record for
saves in a regular-season shutout. Scrivens was busy again on Saturday and he
managed to stopped 37-of-41 shots in his club's 4-0 loss in Boston. He kept
the game close by stopping 21-of-22 shots through two periods, but the Bruins
scored three times on 19 shots over the final 20 minutes.
Scrivens, who was acquired in a trade with Los Angeles last month, fell to
2-3-1 in five games with the Oilers after Saturday's loss. The 27-year-old is
sporting a 2.21 goals against average and .944 save percentage since the
The Oilers were shut out for the seventh time this season on Saturday, but it
was the first time they were blanked since a 6-0 setback to St. Louis on Dec.
Edmonton, which will also face the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils on
this trip, is just 8-19-4 as the visiting team this season. The Oilers have
dropped eight of their last nine on the road.
This evening's game at First Niagara Center pits the last-place teams from
each conference against each other. Edmonton occupies the basement in the West
with 42 points and only the Sabres have fewer points in the NHL with 38.
Buffalo will try to put its most recent effort in the rearview when it takes
the ice tonight. The Sabres were slammed 7-1 in Colorado on Saturday, losing
for the eighth time in 10 games.
Matt D'Agostini registered the lone goal for the Sabres in the lopsided loss.
Starter Ryan Miller was yanked after yielding five goals on 27 shots. Jhonas
Enroth finished up by allowing two scores on 12 chances and he expects to get
the start tonight. Miller's backup has never faced the Oilers in his career.
Colorado seized control by scoring three times in a span of just over five
minutes in the opening period and the Avs would push the lead to 5-1 by the
end of 40 minutes.
"They got that early jump, went up 3-0 in the first and never looked back,"
noted Sabres forward Marcus Foligno. "We were out there looking around. It's
not a good feeling getting beat like this. There was nothing good about it."
Buffalo is at home for two straight before playing its final game before the
Winter Olympic break Thursday in Ottawa. The Sabres have lost six straight on
home ice and are 9-15-5 as the host this season.
The Sabres and Oilers haven't faced each other since Buffalo grabbed a 4-3
home win on Jan. 3, 2012. Buffalo has taken six straight in this series and
the Oilers have lost three in a row in Western New York.
02/03 10:33:58 ET