NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, April 8th
(All times eastern)
Buffalo Sabres (47-24-6) at Ottawa Senators (50-18-8), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - With the race for the Eastern Conference's top seed now
even, the Ottawa Senators try to kickstart some momentum tonight when they
welcome the Buffalo Sabres to Scotiabank Place.
Ottawa can also take care of some other business, as a win tonight would
clinch the Northeast Division title. The Sens sit eight points ahead of the
second-place Sabres, who have five games remaining.
The Senators have lost two straight and three of their last four games. On
Thursday the Sens dropped a 5-3 tilt to visiting Montreal, as Mike Ribeiro
scored a goal and had two assists to lift the Canadiens.
Dany Heatley scored twice for the Senators, who currently sit tied with
Carolina atop the Eastern Conference race at 108 points. Ray Emery allowed
five goals on 32 shots in the loss.
Heatley's 47 goals set a franchise record for Ottawa, as he broke Marian
Hossa's mark established in 2002-03. Heatley's 95 points are also a new team
The Sens will visit Montreal on Monday.
Buffalo, meanwhile, hopes to rebound after Friday's 4-2 loss to visiting
Philadelphia. Simon Gagne scored a goal and added two assists to spark the
Tim Connolly and Ales Kotalik scored for Buffalo, which leads the Flyers by
five points in the race for fourth place -- and first-round home-ice advantage
-- in the East. Ryan Miller allowed four goals on 34 shots as the Sabres had a
two-game winning streak ended.
The Sabres' 47 wins mark the team's highest total since they won 48 in
Buffalo will host Montreal on Wednesday.
The Senators are 5-2 against the Sabres this season, including a 3-0 mark in
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