NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, November 15th
(All times eastern)
Vancouver Canucks (10-4-2) at Buffalo Sabres (6-9-3), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Vancouver Canucks will try for their first win in
Buffalo in over seven years when they visit the Sabres for tonight's
interconference battle at HSBC Arena.
Vancouver last recorded a win in western New York back on February 7, 2003 and
the Canucks have played just twice in Buffalo since then. The Canucks are
4-1-1 with a tie in the last seven meetings overall and notched a regulation
win over a visiting Buffalo club in the only encounter during the 2009-10
The Sabres and Canucks both enter tonight playing their best hockey of the
season. Vancouver has won eight of its last nine games, while the Sabres have
recorded a point in four straight, going 3-0-1 over that stretch.
Vancouver had a six-game winning streak halted Tuesday in Montreal, but Alain
Vigneault's club has since notched victories in Ottawa and Toronto. The
Canucks are 4-4-1 as the visitor this season and will complete a five-game
road trip Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. After finishing this swing, the
Canucks will return to British Columbia for a four-game homestand.
After pounding the Senators, 6-2, on Thursday, the Canucks posted a 5-3
decision Saturday in Toronto. Mason Raymond scored the game-winner in the
third period to lift Vancouver to the win over the struggling Maple Leafs.
Raymond and Daniel Sedin each had a goal and an assist for the Canucks. Ryan
Kesler had two goals for Vancouver and Dan Hamhuis added his first goal in a
Roberto Luongo made 29 saves for the Canucks and improved to 7-4-2 on the
"That's the sign of a great team," Kesler said. "Even if we don't have our
best we're going to stick to the game plan and grind it out and that's what we
Each of the Sabres' last four games have been decided after regulation and it
was Thomas Vanek who scored the winning goal in overtime for Buffalo against
the visiting Capitals on Saturday in a 3-2 victory. Vanek, who also netted a
power-play goal in regulation for the Sabres, ended the game with his sixth
goal of the year.
It was the first home win of the season for Buffalo, which began the year with
an 0-6-1 mark at HSBC Arena.
"Tonight was a good win against the best team in the East," Vanek said. "It's
a good win for us and we've just got to keep building."
Steve Montador had the other Sabres tally, while Ryan Miller made 23 saves in
his return to the net. Miller had missed the last six games with a knee
If Luongo and Miller start for their respective teams tonight, as they are
expected to, it will mark the first time the goaltenders have faced off
against each other since the Gold Medal game at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Luongo and Team Canada beat Miller and his American counterparts, 3-2, in that
memorable overtime game.
11/15 11:00:35 ET