NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, February 7th
(All times eastern)
Ottawa Senators (30-21-3) at Buffalo Sabres (36-15-4), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Eastern Conference-leading Buffalo Sabres begin a
season-high six-game homestand tonight, when they welcome the rival Ottawa
Senators to HSBC Arena.
The Sabres have 76 points and are 12 ahead of second-place Montreal in the
Northeast Division. Buffalo also holds a four-point edge over New Jersey for
the top spot in the conference.
Buffalo is coming off a close win in Atlanta on Tuesday evening. Daniel Briere
scored twice in regulation and had the game-winner in the shootout to help the
Sabres to the 4-3 win over the Thrashers.
Thomas Vanek scored a goal and Nathan Paetsch added two assists for the
Sabres, who have won three of their last four contests. Ryan Miller made 27
saves and stopped both Atlanta skaters in the shootout.
The Sabres are an impressive 17-7-2 as the home club this year and will
continue their stand Saturday evening against Calgary.
Meanwhile, the Senators will be trying to rebound from a shootout loss this
evening after dropping a close decision to visiting Toronto on Saturday
evening. John Pohl netted the game-winning goal in the fifth round of the
shootout to secure the victory for the Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Place.
Daniel Alfredsson and Mike Comrie lit the lamp for the Senators, who lost for
the second time in three contests. Antoine Vermette notched Ottawa's lone
Senators goaltender Ray Emery stopped 36-of-38 shots in regulation, but gave
up two goals on five shootout chances to drop to 22-13-1 this season.
Ottawa has 63 points and is currently fifth in the Eastern Conference
standings. The Sens are also 13 points behind Buffalo in the Northeast
The Sabres and Senators have faced each other five times this season. Ottawa
has taken four straight after losing the season-series opener on October 7.
Ottawa has taken nine of the last 13 overall matchups with the Sabres and has
won four of its last six in Buffalo.
02/07 10:43:36 ET