NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Friday, March 24th
(All times eastern)
Ottawa Senators (47-15-6) at Buffalo Sabres (44-19-5), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The top two teams in the Northeast Division will battle
each other tonight, as the Buffalo Sabres welcome the Ottawa Senators to HSBC
The Senators lead the Northeast and Eastern Conference with 100 points and are
two behind Detroit for the most points in the NHL. Ottawa can officially
clinch a playoff berth with a point tonight.
Buffalo has 93 points and is currently seeded fourth in the East playoff
Just last week, the Sabres had moved within striking distance of the mighty
Senators. Buffalo won its eighth straight game last Thursday against Toronto,
but have since dropped three in a row to fall seven points behind Ottawa.
Buffalo's most recent setback came Wednesday evening against the visiting
Carolina Hurricanes. Justin Williams registered a goal and an assist to help
Carolina earn the 4-3 win.
Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek each scored a goal and Ryan Miller stopped
21 shots for the Sabres. Jiri Novotny notched his second tally of the year in
The Sabres, who are 23-9-3 at HSBC this year, complete a brief two-game
The Senators, meanwhile, have been surging of late, winning three in a row,
six of seven and 11 of their last 13 games.
Ottawa was last in action on Tuesday when it pounded the Pittsburgh Penguins
at Scotiabank Place. Daniel Alfredsson and Andrei Meszaros notched a goal and
an assist apiece to lift the Sens to the 5-2 win.
Chris Kelly, Chris Neil and Antoine Vermette also scored for the Senators,
while Ray Emery made 22 saves in the win.
Tonight marks the first of two straight on the road for Ottawa, which is
21-9-5 as the visitor this year. The Senators will travel to Philadelphia on
Ottawa is 4-1 against the Sabres this season and has scored at least four
goals in all of the victories. The Sens even scored 10 times against Buffalo
back on November 2.
03/24 10:20:59 ET