NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, January 21st
(All times eastern)
Buffalo Sabres (20-20-6) at Phoenix Coyotes (24-21-2), 4 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres will resume their season-long seven-game
road trip tonight with a contest versus the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com
Buffalo lost the opener of the trek on Saturday, the club's seventh straight
road defeat. The road skid ties the club's franchise-worst run, last set from
January 10-February 3, 1996. Buffalo hasn't posted a victory on the road since
December 22 in Philadelphia.
The Sabres were in Toronto over the weekend and lost 4-2 to the Maple Leafs.
One game after ending a franchise-worst 10-game losing streak with a 10-1
victory over Atlanta that featured hat tricks from Drew Stafford and Derek
Roy, only Daniel Paille and Jochen Hecht were able to find the back of the net
Ryan Miller made 19 saves in the loss.
Buffalo is 8-12-4 as the road team this year and will also make stops in
Dallas, Tampa Bay, Florida, Atlanta and Boston on this epic swing.
Meanwhile, Phoenix fell to 1-1-1 on a five-game homestand with Saturday's 2-1
shootout loss to Chicago.
With the first shot in the extra round, Chicago's Patrick Kane scored by
lifting a backhander over Ilya Bryzgalov and Patrick Lalime followed by
stopping Joel Perreault. Martin Havlat then scored low to the stick side, and
Lalime closed his pads on a fore-hand shot by Peter Mueller to end the game.
Mueller tallied in regulation for the Coyotes, who have dropped two in a row
and four of six. Bryzgalov made 23 saves in the loss.
Mueller scored in his second straight game and has three goals and six assists
during a six-game point streak, while Shane Doan had an assist to give him a
career-long eight-game point streak (5 goals, 6 assists). Doan actually has
points in 10 straight games (6 goals, 10 assists), but because he missed the
club's game on January 3, his streak officially stands at eight games.
Phoenix may again be without leading goal scorer Radim Vrbata, who is
questionable because of a groin injury. Vrbata has 18 goals this year.
The Coyotes are 9-11-2 at home this year and are playing the first of two
five-game homestands this season. Phoenix wraps the residency on Thursday
These two clubs are meeting in Phoenix for the first time since January 18,
2003, when the Sabres posted a 1-0 victory. The Coyotes have won two straight
in Buffalo since and are 8-2 with three ties in 13 all-time meetings with the
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