NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, March 11th
(All times Eastern)
Nashville Predators (27-28-10) at Buffalo Sabres (19-37-8), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Nashville Predators will try to win consecutive
games for the first time since the end of January when they visit the Buffalo
Sabres for Tuesday's clash at First Niagara Center.
The Predators had lost four straight heading into Monday's game in Ottawa, but
were able to record a 4-3 overtime win against the Senators. Another win on
Tuesday against the lowly Sabres would give Nashville two victories in a row
for the first time since Jan. 28-31 when it downed Winnipeg and New Jersey.
Although the Predators were able to record the win when rookie defenseman Seth
Jones scored with 1:11 remaining in OT, the club did blow a 3-0 lead in the
third period to allow Ottawa to force the extra session. The Senators put
forth a spirited third-period comeback, scoring three times in the final 12:05
"They played hard in the third and it was obviously nice getting that one in
overtime," said Nashville forward Mike Fisher.
On the game-ending goal, Nashville defenseman Ryan Ellis had a breakaway.
Robin Lehner stopped Ellis' shot, but Jones pushed the rebound under the
goalie's right pad.
Nick Spaling combined with Craig Smith and Eric Nystrom for Nashville's three-
goal second period. The output matched the total amount of goals the Predators
scored in their previous four games, all regulation losses.
Pekka Rinne made 34 saves in his first win in his fourth start since returning
from a hip infection. Backup Carter Hutton will get the start on Tuesday.
Nashville, which is eight points out of a playoff spot in the Western
Conference, is playing the middle part of a three-game road trip tonight in
The Preds are 12-12-6 as the guest this season and will complete their swing
Friday in Chicago.
After beginning their post-Olympics schedule on a three-game winning streak,
the Sabres have lost three of their last four games. Buffalo, which is last in
the NHL with 46 points, has dropped two in a row and managed to score a total
of two goals during the slide.
Buffalo was handed a 2-0 loss at Florida on Friday and then dropped Sunday's
home test against Chicago by a 2-1 score. Jonathan Toews scored to a break a
third-period tie and help the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks edge
the Sabres at First Niagara Center.
Drew Stafford lit the lamp for the Sabres, who had their home winning streak
snapped at three games. Jhonas Enroth was stellar in defeat with 29 saves.
"There's some good signs. When you're rebuilding you look for certain things,"
Sabres interim head coach Ted Nolan said. "Jhonas is one of those guys."
Buffalo is 12-18-5 as the home team this season. After Tuesday's home tilt,
the Sabres will play seven of their next eight games on the road, where the
club is just 7-19-3.
The Sabres and Predators haven't met since Buffalo recorded a 3-2 regulation
win in Nashville on Dec. 3. 2011. Buffalo has claimed two of three and four of
the last six encounters overall, but the Preds have won the last two meetings
at First Niagara Center.
03/11 10:30:05 ET