NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, October 22nd
(All times eastern)
Ottawa Senators (1-4-1) at Buffalo Sabres (2-4-1), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres will try to win consecutive games for
the first time this season when they invite the rival Ottawa Senators for
tonight's Northeast Division clash at HSBC Arena.
The Sabres posted a victory in Atlanta on Wednesday, earning just their second
win of the season and first since beating Ottawa on opening night. The triumph
over the Thrashers ended a 0-4-1 stretch for Buffalo.
Buffalo and the Senators opened their respective seasons against each other on
October 8 in Ottawa and the Sabres recorded a 2-1 victory at Scotiabank Place.
The Sens still have 10 wins in the last 13 encounters with the Sabres and
Ottawa has taken four straight and eight out of nine in Buffalo.
Tyler Myers and Cody McCormick each scored in the second period, as the Sabres
handled the Thrashers, 4-1, at Philips Arena.
Tyler Ennis and Thomas Vanek also lit the lamp for the Sabres, while Ryan
Miller turned aside 17-of-18 shots.
"Great effort. We got ourselves going and we got ourselves skating," Miller
said. "I think that was the biggest difference. Guys around the puck and
supporting each other. If you go back a few games that becomes the
Vanek and Myers both recorded their first goals of the season on Wednesday and
Buffalo hopes that could be a sign of things to come from two of its most
important players. Vanek has led Buffalo in goals in each of the last four
seasons, while Myers was last year's Calder Trophy winner and is considered to
be one of the best young defensemen in the NHL.
The Sabres are winless at home so far this season, posting a 0-3-1 record in
western New York. After tonight's test, Buffalo will head out on a four-game
road trip, beginning with Saturday's stop in New Jersey.
Buffalo defenseman Shaone Morrisonn is questionable for tonight after missing
the last three games with a groin injury.
The Senators, who are the only team behind Buffalo in the Northeast standings,
have lost two straight and are just 1-4-1 on the season.
Ottawa's most recent setback came in the form of a 5-2 rout Monday night in
Pittsburgh. Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Mark Letestu each had a goal and
an assist to power the Penguins to the easy win.
Daniel Alfredsson and Chris Campoli scored for the Sens. Brian Elliott was
charged with the loss after allowing five goals on 22 shots in less than two
periods before being replaced by Robin Lehner, who stopped all seven shots he
faced for the Senators, who are 0-3-1 on the road this season.
"I thought at times they were physically too much for us," said Ottawa head
coach Cory Clouston. "Whether it was competing for pucks or just getting
pushed off pucks, we didn't battle in those areas whether it was in the
corners or the front of the net. If there was a loose puck, they seemed to be
Elliott, who is Ottawa's primary starter with Pascal Leclaire sidelined by a
groin injury, is expected to get the call tonight.
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