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Sabres Head To St. Louis To Take On The Best Home Team In NHL

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Last Game:

St. Louis: Jan 19 vs. Oilers Win 1-0

Buffalo: Jan 19 at Jets Loss 4-1

Record:

St. Louis: 28-12-6

Buffalo: 19-23-5

Points:

St. Louis: 62

Buffalo: 43

Rank In Conference:

St. Louis: 4th

Buffalo: 11th

Power Play Ranking:

St. Louis: 13.3(28th)

Buffalo: 17.9(16th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:

St. Louis: 82.8(13th)

Buffalo: 82.0(19th)

Goals For:

St. Louis: 116(21st)

Buffalo: 113(T-24th)

Goals Against:

St. Louis: 89(2nd)

Buffalo: 142(26th)

Shots For:

St. Louis: 1451(11th)

Buffalo: 1363(16th)

Shots Against:

St. Louis: 1197(1st)

Buffalo: 1481(26th)

Blocked Shots:

St. Louis: 611(18th)

Buffalo: 597(22nd)

Hits:

St. Louis: 1037(14th)

Buffalo: 860(27th)

Faceoff Percentage:

St. Louis: 49.4(T-20th)

Buffalo: 49.7(17th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

St. Louis: Backes and Oshie(14), Steen(13), Arnott(12)

Buffalo: Vanek(19), Pominville(17), Adam(10), Roy(9)

Assists:

St. Louis: Backes(19), Shattenkirk(17), Oshie(16), Pietrangelo(14)

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

Points:

St. Louis: Backes(33), Oshie(30), Steen and Arnott(24), Shattenkirk(23)

Buffalo: Pominville(46), Vanek(41), Roy(25), Stafford(23)

Plus/Minus:

St. Louis: Steen(+20), Shattenkirk(+17), Pietrangelo(+15), D’Agostini, Backes, and Jackman(+13)

Buffalo: Gragnani(+11), Hecht and Gerbe(+1), Ennis, Szczechura, and Whitmore(EV), Foligno and Kassian(-1)

Penalty Minutes:

St. Louis: Backes(63), C. Stewart(59), Reaves(55), Nichol(52)

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

Shots:

St. Louis: Backes(132), Pietrangelo(114), Steen(113), Oshie(110)

Buffalo: Pominville(132), Vanek(131), Stafford(122), Roy(104)

Blocked Shots:

St. Louis: Polak(82), Jackman(73), Pietrangelo(65), Shattenkirk(62)

Buffalo: Regehr(64), Sekera(60), Leopold(57), Ehrhoff(48)

Hits:

St. Louis: Backes(137), Polak(110), Reaves(91), Sobotka(77)

Buffalo: Regehr(110), Gaustad(84), Kaleta(67), Weber(57)

Face-Off Wins:

St. Louis: Backes(360), Berglund(325), Arnott(263), Sobotka(136)

Buffalo: Gaustad(371), Roy(367), Pominville(136), Hecht(132)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:

St. Louis: Jaroslav Halak 13-7-5 2.00 GAA .920 SV% 4 SO

Buffalo:  Ryan Miller 11-14-2 3.16 GAA .897 SV% 1 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Feb 18, 2011 Blues Won 3-0

Season Series: Blues Won 1-0-0

All-Time: Blues Lead 47-45-15

All-Time at STL: Blues Lead 28-15-9

Blues blank Oilers 1-0

Even when they’re not at their best, the St. Louis Blues keep finding ways to win.

On Thursday night, the Blues thought they let the Edmonton Oilers hang around just long enough to steal a rare two points at Scottrade Center.

But the Blues – a team that just doesn’t allow much defensively – allowed almost nothing, and the Blues prevailed 1-0 thanks to a decisive third-period goal from Alex Pietrangelo.

The Blues (28-12-6) momentarily jumped into first overall in the Western Conference with 62 points but were quickly bumped back to fourth place after the Detroit Red Wings’ shootout win in Phoenix, which gives the Wings 63 points.

Pietrangelo, who now has a team-best four game-winning goals and extended his career-best points streak to eight, won it when he curled around the Oilers goal and slid a shot past netminder Nikolai Khabibulin with 5:14 to play.

“I had a couple chances that shift,” Pietrangelo said. “(David Backes) made an unbelievable pass. I can’t believe he found me. Lucky enough, the puck ended up being behind the net. I was just kind of able to give it the old-fashioned wrap-around.”

Jaroslav Halak earned his second straight shutout and third in four games, extending his shutout streak to 148:25. Halak stopped 15 shots and is 10-0-3 in his last 13 starts after earning his fourth shutout of the season and 20th of his career. He was also in goal for the Blues’ last game, a 1-0 home win against Dallas on Monday.

“I feel good, but when you look at the shots, I didn’t have to stop many shots, many scoring chances tonight,” said Halak, who is 13-7-5 on the season with a 2.00 goals-against average and .920 save percentage. “Every game is a different game. The guys are playing really good hockey right now and hopefully we can at least keep doing it until the All-Star break.”

The surging Blues improved to 7-0-1 in their last eight games. They’ve earned at least a point in a franchise-best 14 straight home games (12-0-2). St. Louis became the first team to win 20 home games (20-3-3).

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011020690&navid=sb:recap

Jets ground Sabres 4-1

The Buffalo Sabres and Winnipeg Jets both found themselves in desperate predicaments as they began play on Thursday night.

Both clubs have endured a trying month and desperately needed two points. But the Jets (22-20-5) opened the scoring, put 30 shots on Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller by the second intermission and used a pair of power-play goals to beat the crumbling Sabres 4-1 before 15,004 at the MTS Centre.

Winnipeg defenseman Tobias Enstrom extended his goal-scoring streak to a career-best three games when he notched the Jets’ first power-play tally in five games to snap a 1-1 tie at 12:55 of the second period. Tim Stapleton connected for another power-play goal just under four minutes into the third period before Nik Antropov iced it by scoring with 1:20 left in regulation.

“It was big,” said Jets captain Andrew Ladd, who scored Winnipeg’s first goal. “They’re all big right now, especially [against] a team right behind us in a game that we feel we should win.”

Buffalo (19-23-5) has lost all four games thus far on its seven-game trip and has dropped 11 in a row away from home in a season that has unraveled over the past month. The Sabres are now anchored nine points off the pace of eighth-place Florida, who has two games in hand on Buffalo.

“We knew going into tonight’s game that it might be the toughest game of the whole segment,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “It was back-to-back, and it’s five in seven, and we’re getting a little shorthanded.”

The win held the Jets, who ended a two-game skid on home ice, within striking distance of first place in the Southeast Division, three points behind the Washington Capitals. The win also sets up a crucial Saturday night date with Florida at the MTS Centre before the Jets embark on a six-game road trip that extends into February.

Picking up two points satisfied Jets coach Claude Noel, though he acknowledged that his club has a lot of areas of its game that need to be cleaned up if it is to mount a serious playoff run in the coming weeks.

“I think we were a little bit fortunate,” Noel said. “We’ve got some work to do here. We’ve got some work to do because you are not going to win a lot games that way.”

Miller finished with 29 saves in his first start since Detroit knocked him out in the second period in a 5-0 loss on Monday. Counterpart Ondrej Pavelec stopped all but one of the 26 shots that he faced.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011020691&navid=sb:recap

This Day In Sabres History:

January 21, 1989 Turgeon Leads Sabres Comeback over Rival Bruins to capture Sabres 6th Straight Road Win

On this date 23 years ago Pierre Turgeon Led a Sabres comeback over the Rival Boston Bruins in a Sabres 6-5 win. The Sabres found themselves down by 4 goals during the game. Turgeon scored twice on the night including the Game Winner 4 Minutes into Overtime. Sabres also got goals from Dave Andreychuk, Rick Vaive, Jeff Parker, and Doug Bodger. Jacques Cloutier got the win for the Sabres on this night in relief of Darren Puppa. The win was the Sabres 6th in a row on the road. The Sabres would stretch there streak to 9 games. The Bruins would get the last laugh however eliminating the Sabres from the playoffs for the 2nd straight season.

Injury Report:

St. Louis: MacDonald Concussion(IR/Out), Huskins Bruised Left Ankle(IR/Out), Steen Concussion-Like Symptoms(IR/Out)

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

Next 5 Games:

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

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

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

Feb 4 at New York Islanders 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 8 vs. Boston Bruins 7:30 PM(NBCS HD TSN2 HD)

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