NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, January 19th
(All times Eastern)
Buffalo Sabres (19-22-5) at Winnipeg Jets (21-20-5), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres continue to struggle on the road.
Perhaps their first trip to the city of Winnipeg in 16 years can serve as the
shakeup they need.
The Sabres hope to win for the first time in 11 outings on the road this
evening as they wrap up a set of games on back-to-back nights with a meeting
against the Jets.
Playing the third of a season-long seven-game road trip on Wednesday night,
the Sabres were dealt a 6-2 loss in Chicago. It marked Buffalo's club-record
10th straight loss in regulation on the road, dropping them to 8-13-0 as the
guest this season.
Jason Pominville scored twice, netting the game's first goal before notching a
game-tying tally in the second period that made it 2-2. The Blackhawks,
though, potted the next four goals.
"It just seemed like they were playing better and with confidence once they
got that lead," said Pominville. "For us, it was the other way, we fell behind
and it took the life out of us."
Jhonas Enroth allowed all six goals on 35 shots for the Sabres, who have lost
three in a row and 12 of their last 15 games overall. They haven't won on the
road since Dec. 3 at Nashville.
The Sabres and Jets split a pair of encounters in Buffalo this year, with both
games getting decided in overtime, and the Sabres make their first trip to
Winnipeg since Jan. 10, 1996 after the Jets relocated from Atlanta. Buffalo is
6-1-2 in its past nine versus the Jets franchise.
Winnipeg returns to the ice after its own set of games on consecutive nights.
The Jets got a 25-save shutout from Chris Mason on Monday in Ottawa, but the
netminder struggled the following night in New Jersey. Mason was touched for
four goals on 15 shots before getting pulled in the second period of an
eventual 5-1 setback to the Devils.
Ondrej Pavelec yielded one goal on five shots in relief and Tobias Enstrom
prevented the shutout with a third-period goal for the Jets, who have lost six
of their last eight and sit five points back of the Panthers and Capitals for
the top spot in the Southeast Division.
"I didn't like the game," said Winnipeg coach Claude Noel. "And I'm not
faulting any one player. I don't think any of us did very well. Coming off a
game where we did very well, we didn't play well enough to win."
Defenseman Zach Bogosian missed his fourth game in a row due to a lower-body
injury, while Blake Wheeler sat out his second straight due to an upper-body
issue. Both are questionable for tonight, while blueliner Dustin Byfuglien
will miss his 12th in a row because of a knee ailment.
01/19 10:49:32 ET