NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Tuesday, October 28th
(All times eastern)
Minnesota Wild (2-6-1-0) at Buffalo Sabres (5-4-0-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres seek their fourth straight win tonight
when they welcome the Minnesota Wild to HSBC Arena.
Buffalo went 4-2 on its recent road trip, including consecutive victories over
Los Angeles, Anaheim and Colorado. Chris Drury stung his former team with a
goal late in the third period, as the Sabres downed the Avalanche, 3-1, at
the Pepsi Center on Sunday.
J.P. Dumont posted a goal and an assist for the Sabres, and Ales Kotalik also
scored in the win. Goaltender Martin Biron stopped 32 shots.
Drury has registered a point in seven straight games, managing two goals and
seven assists. Biron, meanwhile, was awarded NHL Defensive Player of the Week
for allowing a combined four goals during the team's winning streak. He has
averaged 30 saves per-game during the run.
Buffalo opens a brief homestand tonight and will host Toronto on Thursday.
Minnesota, meanwhile, is 1-5-1 in its last seven, including Saturday's 3-2
defeat in Tampa. Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Marc Chouinard provided the scoring
for the Wild, while Manny Fernandez finished with 21 saves in defeat.
The Wild did, however, receive some good news over the weekend, as forward
Pascal Dupuis, their second-leading scorer last season, finally re-signed with
the team. Whether or not he plays this evening will depend on how his
conditioning looks during practice today.
On the flip side, young star Marian Gaborik remains without a contract. Both
the player and general manager Doug Risebrough released statements on the
matter, and what came out of both were that the parties don't seem very close.
Gaborik said in his statement that he had left the state of Minnesota, where
he had been for direct negotiation.
The Wild will host Atlanta on Thursday.
Minny and Buffalo split two meetings last season, with each team winning in
the other's building. The Sabres have won three of the four all-time clashes.
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