NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Thursday, January 19th
(All times eastern)
Buffalo Sabres (29-13-3) at Vancouver Canucks (26-15-5), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - A pair of teams aiming for their third consecutive
victories meet tonight, as the Vancouver Canucks welcome the Buffalo Sabres to
General Motors Place.
The Sabres won their second in a row Monday evening in Edmonton. Maxim
Afinogenov scored the game-winning goal in the final frame and added an
assist, as Buffalo earned the 3-1 victory at Rexall Place.
Ryan Miller had a solid game in net making 22 saves for the Sabres, while
Tim Connolly and Derek Roy tallied the other goals.
Tonight marks the second test of a six-game road trip for Buffalo, which is
an impressive 14-6-1 as the visitor this season.
Buffalo has 61 points and is currently four behind Ottawa for first place in
the Northeast Division.
The Canucks, meanwhile, are locked into a three-way tie for first place in
the Northwest Division. Vancouver, Calgary and Colorado each have 57 points
atop the division.
Vancouver was last in action on Monday when it posted a victory in
Pittsburgh. Brendan Morrison had a goal and an assist to help the Canucks
beat the Penguins, 4-2, at the Igloo.
Steve McCarthy, Todd Bertuzzi and Henrik Sedin all lit the lamp as well for
Vancouver, which has won five of its last six games. Alexander Auld turned
away 23 shots in the win.
The Canucks, who are 16-3-3 in B.C. this year, kick off a brief two-game
homestand this evening. They will also open the doors for Montreal on
Vancouver is 5-2-1 (2 losses, 1 tie) in the last eight meetings with the
Sabres. Buffalo is just 0-3-1 in its last four trips to Vancouver.
01/19 10:28:30 ET