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Sabres Hoping To Find Answer vs Blackhawks

@ 7:30 PM

Last Game:

Chicago: Jan 15 vs. Sharks Win 4-3

Buffalo: Jan 16 at Red Wings Loss 5-0

Record:

Chicago: 27-13-6

Buffalo: 19-21-5

Points:

Chicago: 60

Buffalo: 43

Rank In Conference:

Chicago: 5th

Buffalo: 11th

Power Play Ranking:

Chicago: 18.0( T-13th)

Buffalo: 18.0(T-13th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:

Chicago: 78.9(T-25th)

Buffalo: 83.5(10th)

Goals For:

Chicago: 146(3rd)

Buffalo: 110(T-24th)

Goals Against:

Chicago: 130(21st)

Buffalo: 132(T-22nd)

Shots For:

Chicago: 1489(3rd)

Buffalo: 1310(18th)

Shots Against:

Chicago: 1361(17th)

Buffalo: 1413(26th)

Blocked Shots:

Chicago: 584(21st)

Buffalo: 566(24th)

Hits:

Chicago: 846(26th)

Buffalo: 826(27th)

Faceoff Percentage:

Chicago: 52.3(3rd)

Buffalo: 50.3(T-14th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Chicago: Toews(24), Sharp(19), Hossa(17), Stalberg(14)

Buffalo: Vanek(19), Pominville(15), Adam(10), Roy(9)

Assists:

Chicago: Hossa(31), P. Kane(29), Toews and Keith(22), Sharp and Leddy(20)

Buffalo: Pominville(29), Vanek(22), Roy(16), Stafford(15)

Points:

Chicago: Hossa(48), Toews(46), Sharp(40), P. Kane(39)

Buffalo: Pominville(44), Vanek(41), Roy(25), Stafford(22)

Plus/Minus:

Chicago: Hossa(+23), Sharp(+18), Toews(+15), Seabrook(+13)

Buffalo: Gragnani(+12), Gerbe(+2), Hecht(+1), Brennan, Ennis, Szczechura, and Whitmore(EV)

Penalty Minutes:

Chicago: Carcillo(82), Mayers(58), Montador(36), Bolland and Bickell(33)

Buffalo: Gaustad(63), Kaleta(60), Vanek(38), Stafford(36)

Shots:

Chicago: Sharp(158), Hossa(156), P. Kane(146), Toews(140)

Buffalo: Vanek and Pominville(126), Stafford(119), Roy(98), Ehrhoff(86)

Blocked Shots:

Chicago: Hjalmarsson(112), Seabrook(101), Keith(66), Leddy and Montador(42)

Buffalo: Regehr(64), Leopold and Sekera(53), Ehrhoff(48), Myers(42)

Hits:

Chicago: Seabrook(103), Carcillo(76), Bickell(75), Mayers(67)

Buffalo: Regehr(110), Gaustad(83), Kaleta(62), Stafford and Weber(51)

Face-Off Wins:

Chicago: Toews(565), Bolland(311), Mayers(138), P. Kane(137)

Buffalo: Gaustad(369), Roy(355), Pominville(128), Hecht(126)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:

Chicago: Corey Crawford 17-10-4 2.48 GAA .904 SV%

Buffalo:  Ryan Miller 11-13-2 3.12 GAA .898 SV% 1 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Oct 16, 2010 Blackhawks Won 4-3

Season Series: Blackhawks Won 2-0-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 53-44-13

All-Time at CHI: Blackhawks Lead 29-19-6

Hawks hold off Sharks 4-3

So far, the Chicago Blackhawks have picked up the slack nicely for injured star forward Patrick Sharp and it’s not just the remaining big guns who are responsible.

Sunday night’s 4-3 win against the San Jose Sharks in front of 21,645 at the United Center was the latest example, as Chicago’s top line centered by star captain Jonathan Toews was dominant and cleared the path for a trio of secondary scorers to remain red hot.

Dave Bolland, Viktor Stalberg and rookie Andrew Shaw each scored goals for the Hawks (27-13-6), while rookie Jimmy Hayes assisted on Bolland’s goal to continue torrid stretches for each of them that began around the time Sharp got hurt Jan. 8 against the Detroit Red Wings.

“As a group, you try to fill the void,” Stalberg said of Sharp’s absence, which could last a few more weeks. “He’s been one of our top guys all year and for the past couple years. The guys who came up from (the minors) are playing great. Shaw and Hayes are doing a great job filling those holes and we’ve got enough talent to score still, even without Sharpie. Tonight was a pretty full effort from us.”

Bolland now has five goals in the past five games, Stalberg has five in the last four and 14 for the season, Hayes has three goals and two assists in nine games and Shaw – taken in the fifth round of the 2011 NHL Draft (No. 139) — has scored four times in seven games since being called up.

“Coming into the NHL you don’t expect to get four goals in seven games, so it’s just a bonus,” said Shaw, who was passed over in his first two draft-eligible years and lasted a long time in last June’s draft. “I’ve always played a high-energy game, so the pace is a little bit faster – but I feel comfortable playing that way and also playing with better players. It’s easier to play with them.”

One of those “better players,” is Toews, whose 24th goal gave the Hawks a 3-2 lead in the second period just five minutes after San Jose erased a 2-0 deficit by scoring twice within the first 2:08 of the period – just 26 seconds apart.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011020661&navid=sb:recap

Wings set franchise record with 15 straight home wins

It was one of those matchups that begged for a contrarian’s point of view.

When you looked at the statistics, the Buffalo Sabres had no business beating the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night at Joe Louis Arena. Everything was tilted in the Wings’ favor, and yet there was still a feeling like Buffalo might somehow pull off an upset win.

“It’s scary isn’t it?” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said after Monday’s morning skate, when Detroit’s 14-game home winning streak was compared with the eight-game road skid the Sabres carried into the contest. “You can look at what you did over the last 15 or what they did … to me, that doesn’t make any difference. The onus on us is to play a real good game. You’ve got to find a way to win.”

And that’s exactly what Detroit did in a 5-0 blowout win, which turned out to be a lot scarier for the Sabres (19-21-5) – whose frustrations boiled over in the locker room afterward.

Down the hall, the Red Wings (29-15-1) celebrated the new franchise record they set by winning a 15th straight game on home ice and improving to 18-2-1 overall this season at Joe Louis Arena.

“It’s something special,” said Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom, who scored a goal for the first time in nine games and finished with a plus-3 rating for the game. “The last time it was done was back in the mid-’60s, 1965, I believe. It’s a special record, especially with all the great teams that we’ve had here over the years, over the last two decades going back to the ’90s when we had some great teams and the early 2000s, too. We had some solid teams. It’s a special moment to do this in the middle of the season.”

Evidently, they didn’t worry too much about the contrarian’s point of view.

“I think we’re being more aggressive (at home),” Lidstrom said. “I think we’re going after the puck a little bit more and going after other teams a little bit more, too. That’s been paying off for us. For whatever reason, we’ve been playing more relaxed here at home, too.”

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011020668&navid=sb:recap

This Day In Sabres History:

January 18, 2008 Derek Roy and Drew Stafford Hat-Tricks Leads Sabres To 10-1 victory over Atlanta Thrashers

On This Date 4 Years ago Derek Roy and Drew Stafford Led The Sabres Offensive Explosion Scored 3 Times in a 10-1 beatdown of the Thrashers. Roy got his Hat-Trick in the 2nd Period to give the Sabres a 6-1 lead. Stafford’s hatter came in the 3rd. Buffalo also got goals from Daniel Paille, Ales Kotalik, Jochen Hecht, and Thomas Vanek. The win was the Sabres 20th of the season which they would end up missing the playoffs for the second straight season. The Sabres haven’t hit the 10 goal mark since.

Injury Report:

Chicago: Sharp Hand/Wrist(IR/Out), Carcillo Left Knee Surgery(IR/Out)

Buffalo: Stuart Lower Body(IR/Out), Ennis Left Ankle(Out), Sekera Upper Body(Out), Ehrhoff Upper Body(Out), McNabb Concussion(Out), Regehr Upper Body(Out)

Next 5 Games:

Jan 19 at Winnipeg Jets 8:30 PM(MSG HD, TSN HD)

Jan 21 at St. Louis Blues 8:00 PM(MSG HD)

Jan 24 at New Jersey Devils 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Jan 31 at Montreal Canadiens 7:30(MSG HD)

Feb 1 vs. New York Rangers 7:30(NBCS HD and TSN2 HD)

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