NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, November 12th
(All times Eastern)
Los Angeles Kings (11-6-0) at Buffalo Sabres (3-15-1), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Kings will try to match their longest
winning streak of the season when they visit the Buffalo Sabres for Tuesday's
battle at First Niagara Center.
The Kings recently went 3-1-0 during a four-game homestand and won the final
two tests of the residency, beating Buffalo and Vancouver in the City of
Angels. L.A. is aiming for its second three-game winning streak of the season
on Tuesday after previously going 3-0 from Oct. 9-13.
Buffalo visited the Kings last week, dropping a 2-0 decision Thursday night at
the Staples Center. Jonathan Quick recorded the 26th shutout of his career for
Los Angeles, while Mike Richards and Anze Kopitar supplied the goals.
Despite that setback, the Sabres still have six wins in the last nine games of
this series. Buffalo also has claimed four straight on home ice against the
Kings and is 10-1-0 with a tie over the past 12 meetings in Western New York.
Buffalo, however, has lost two straight and six of its last seven games and is
last in the NHL with just seven points on the season. After dropping the 2-0
decision Thursday in L.A., the Sabres were dealt a 6-2 loss the following
night in Anaheim. Ryan Getzlaf recorded his first career hat trick to lead the
Ducks to the rout over the visiting Sabres.
Mikhail Grigorenko tallied both goals for Buffalo, which trailed the Ducks by
a 4-1 score after one period. Ryan Miller allowed six goals on 34 shots and
was replaced by Jonas Enroth at the start of the third period.
"That's the way you feel after these kinds of games. You start to give a team
an advantage, a team that just beat us in our building by six goals. You give
them an offensive advantage right off the start. It's not the way to go," said
After going 1-2-0 on its recent three-game swing, Buffalo will aim for its
first home win of the season on Tuesday. The Sabres are 0-8-1 as the host so
far and they'll play two straight and six of their next eight games on home
The Kings, meanwhile, are 4-3-0 on the road and are kicking off a four-game
road trip tonight. L.A. also is set to play all three New York-area teams
during the swing and will continue the swing with Thursday's meeting against
Los Angeles closed its recent homestand in impressive fashion, slamming the
Canucks by a 5-1 score on Saturday. Tyler Toffoli notched two goals and an
assist to lead the Kings to the rout over Vancouver.
Mike Richards had a goal and two assists, while Justin Williams and Jordan
Nolan accounted for the other two tallies. Quick turned aside 25-of-26 shots
for Los Angeles in the win.
"We were solid. We had a really good start. We were playing against a team
that has been playing very well, but we were able to get up a couple [of
goals] and keep the lead," said Los Angeles head coach Darryl Sutter.
Kings forwards Kyle Clifford (undisclosed) and Jarret Stoll (upper body) are
questionable for Tuesday's game. Stoll has sat out the last two games, while
Clifford was hurt in Saturday's win against the Canucks.
Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff is questionable for Tuesday after sitting
out Friday's game in Anaheim with a lower-body injury.
Quick is expected to get the start in net and is 3-0-0 with a 1.78 goals
against average in four career outings against the Sabres. Miller is 4-1-1
with a 2.38 GAA in seven lifetime appearances versus L.A.
11/12 10:47:44 ET