NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, January 15th
(All times eastern)
Buffalo Sabres (21-17-5) at Dallas Stars (18-17-6), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres will attempt to end a frustrating three-
game road trip on a positive note when the club skates into the American
Airlines Center for tonight's showdown with the Dallas Stars.
Buffalo began the trek with a 3-1 loss to defending Stanley Cup champion
Detroit on Saturday, then came up well short in last night's meeting with
Chicago at the United Center. Jonathan Toews recorded a goal and an assist and
Cristobal Huet stopped 22-of-23 shots as the Blackhawks cruised to a 4-1
Ales Kotalik scored the only goal for the Sabres, who had ripped off four
straight wins prior to this road trip. Buffalo's two leading scorers, Derek
Roy and Thomas Vanek, were both kept off the scoresheet and each had five-game
point streaks snapped.
The Sabres, who are a respectable 9-7-3 on the road this year, has lost seven
of its last nine visits to Dallas but did hand the Stars a 2-1 defeat at the
American Airlines Center last season. Buffalo has won the last three meetings
in this series.
Although Dallas presently resides near the bottom of the Western Conference
with 42 points, the team is fresh off an encouraging home win over the
powerful Red Wings on Monday. Trevor Daley scored 1:51 into overtime as the
Stars ended a two-game slide with a 5-4 come-from-behind victory.
Dallas trailed 4-3 late in the third period but tied the score on Steve Ott's
power-play goal with three minutes remaining in regulation. The Stars outshot
Detroit by a 49-30 margin in avenging a 6-1 loss to the Wings in the Motor
City this past Thursday.
Marty Turco made 26 saves for Dallas in his 420th career game in a Stars
uniform, which tied Cesare Maniago for the most by a goaltender in franchise
The Stars, who have not won back-to-back games since December 23-27, improved
to 10-6-3 at home with Monday's triumph.
01/15 10:40:25 ET