NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, November 14th
(All times eastern)
Columbus Blue Jackets (7-7-2) at Buffalo Sabres (9-3-3), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres will hope to stay on the winning track
when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets in tonight's interconference matchup
at HSBC Arena.
The Sabres defeated the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday, ending a two-game losing
streak and winning for just the third time in eight outings. Buffalo also
snapped a 12-game winless streak against the Blues.
Henrik Tallinder, Adam Mair and Tim Connolly each had a goal and an assist in
Buffalo's 4-3 victory over visiting St. Louis. For Tallinder, it was his first
goal since March 2008, a span of 23 games.
Ryan Miller made 30 saves to improve to 8-2-2 on the season for Buffalo.
St. Louis had been 10-0 with a pair of ties in the previous 12 meetings with
the Sabres and 6-0 with two deadlocks in the last eight encounters in Buffalo.
The Sabres, who are 5-2-1 as the host this year, are completing a brief two-
game homestand tonight. Buffalo will play its next two tests on the road,
beginning with Saturday's game in Pittsburgh.
The Blue Jackets, meanwhile, had a three-game winning streak halted Wednesday
evening against visiting Phoenix. Shane Doan scored twice and Ilya Bryzgalov
stopped 31 shots to lead the Coyotes to the 5-2 decision at Nationwide Arena.
Derick Brassard and Rick Nash scored for the Blue Jackets, who had a point in
six straight games until Wednesday.
Steve Mason, a third-round pick by the Blue Jackets in 2006, made 25 saves but
suffered his first NHL loss after three victories. He was recalled from
Syracuse earlier this month when Columbus' No. 1 netminder, Pascal Leclaire,
went down with an ankle injury.
Leclaire was activated off injured reserve Wednesday and served as the backup
to Mason in the loss to Phoenix. Head coach Ken Hitchcock has not revealed who
will start tonight.
Columbus is playing two straight on the road beginning with tonight's test and
will also visit Minnesota on Saturday. The Jackets have a 2-4-1 road record
The Blue Jackets have won two straight against the Sabres and are 5-2 with a
tie in the all-time series. Columbus has also taken three of the five meetings
11/14 10:42:39 ET