NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, October 13th
(All times eastern)
Washington Capitals (3-1-0) at Buffalo Sabres (1-2-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres will try to continue their trend of
scoring goals at home this season, when they resume a four-game homestand
tonight with a visit from the Washington Capitals at HSBC Arena.
Buffalo has netted 10 goals through its first two home games. However, one of
those contests was a 6-4 loss to the Islanders to begin the season. After a
loss on the road, the Sabres returned home to face Atlanta on Thursday and
posted a 6-0 victory.
The Sabres netted three power-play goals in the first period to set the tone,
with Ales Kotalik, Tim Connolly and Brian Campbell all scoring with the man
Campbell and Connolly finished with a goal and two assists each, while Jason
Pominville tallied short handed. Derek Roy light the lamp and had an assist as
Ryan Miller, meanwhile, stopped each of the 20 shots he faced to post his
first shutout of the season and fifth of his career.
Buffalo will also host Toronto and Columbus on its current residency. The
Sabres finished an Eastern Conference-best 28-10-3 at home last year en route
to winning the Northeast Division.
Washington, meanwhile, was in action on Friday and was handed its first defeat
of the young season. After starting 3-0 for the first time since 2002-03, the
Capitals suffered a 3-1 setback to the Rangers in New York. Former Capital
Jaromir Jagr had three assists for the Rangers.
Alexander Ovechkin had the lone goal for Washington, the 100th of his career,
and has a point in each of the Caps' first four games (2 goals, 2 assists),
while Olaf Kolzig stopped 38-of-41 shots faced.
The loss came in the Capitals' second game of a quick three-game road trip
that wraps tonight. After that, Washington returns home for four straight.
Alexander Semin missed Friday's game against the Rangers due to an ankle
Buffalo won three out of four against Washington last year, and has won 10 of
the last 12 in the series, outscoring the Caps 57-30 in that span. The Sabres
have also won three in a row and six of the last eight at home in the series.
10/13 10:38:08 ET