NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Sunday, December 4th
(All times eastern)
Buffalo Sabres (16-10-1) at Colorado Avalanche (14-9-3), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres will try to get back on track tonight,
as they visit the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center.
The Sabres had won five in a row before losing Friday night versus San Jose.
Jonathan Cheechoo netted a pair of goals and Joe Thornton tallied two assists
in his San Jose debut as the Sharks rolled past the Buffalo Sabres 5-0 at HSBC
Despite outshooting the Sharks 27-26, the Sabres saw their win streak come to
an end after they failed to find the back of the net.
Mika Noronen allowed four goals on 11 shots faced and did not make it out of
the opening period. Martin Biron stopped 14-of-15 shots faced in relief.
Meanwhile, the Avs had a three-game win streak halted Wednesday in Vancouver.
Markus Naslund scored a goal and added an assist to lead the Canucks past
Colorado, 5-2, at GM Place.
Joe Sakic had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche. Alex Tanguay also scored
in the loss, while David Aebischer stopped 39 of 44 shots.
Sakic has scored a goal in four straight and registered a point in five
consecutive games. His goal-scoring streak is the longest for Colorado since
Milan Hejduk scored in five in a row from March 29-April 6, 2003.
Avs forward Pierre Turgeon is just one point shy of 1,300 for his career. He
will become the 27th player in league history to reach that milestone. Turgeon
is suffering from a groin injury and is questionable for tonight's contest.
The Sabres are 8-5-0 on the road this season, while the Avs are 7-3-3 on home
Buffalo has won two straight and five of the last seven meetings. The Sabres
have won four of the last five matchups in Colorado.
12/04 10:23:58 ET