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Sabres Head To Ottawa To Take On Rival Senators

@ 7:30 PM

Last Game:

Ottawa: Feb 3 at Canadiens Loss 2-1

Buffalo: Feb 3 vs. Panthers Loss 4-3

Record:

Ottawa: 5-3-1

Buffalo: 3-4-1

Points:

Ottawa: 11

Buffalo: 7

Rank In Conference:

Ottawa: 6th

Buffalo: 12th

Power Play Ranking:

Ottawa: 25.8(7th)

Buffalo: 18.8(15th)

Penalty Kill Ratings:

Ottawa: 90.0(4th)

Buffalo: 79.5(16th)

Goals For:

Ottawa: 25(11th)

Buffalo: 27(T-5th)

Goals Against:

Ottawa: 15(2nd)

Buffalo: 33(T-29th)

Shots For:

Ottawa: 299(3rd)

Buffalo: 274(5th)

Shots Against:

Ottawa: 282(28th)

Buffalo: 305(29th)

Blocked Shots:

Ottawa: 121(T-11th)

Buffalo: 114(16th)

Hits:

Ottawa: 203(10th)

Buffalo: 191(14th)

Face-Off Percentage:

Ottawa: 49.2(T-17th)

Buffalo: 42.5(30th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Ottawa: Turris(4), Karlsson and O’Brien(3), Michalek, Spezza, Neil, Phillips, and Slifverberg(2), 5 Tied with 1 Goal

Buffalo: Vanek(8), Pominville and Hodgson(5), Ennis and Sulzer(2), 5 Tied with 1 Goal

Assists:

Ottawa: Turris, Alfredsson, Karlsson, Michalek, and Wiercioch(4), Spezza, Gonchar, Greening, Methot, Z. Smith, and Benoit(3), Condra(2), Neil, Zibanejad, Latendresse, and Daugavins(1)

Buffalo: Vanek(11), Pominville(8), Ehrhoff(5), Foligno and Hodgson(4)

Points:

Ottawa: Turris(8), Karlsson(7), Michalek(6), Spezza and Alfredsson(5)

Buffalo: Vanek(19), Pominville(13), Hodgson(9), Ehrhoff, Ennis, and Foligno(5)

Plus/Minus:

Ottawa: Karlsson, Michalek, and Greening(+4), Turris, Spezza, Methot, Benoit, Condra, Neil, and Slifverberg(+3), Gonchar, Wiercioch, Latendresse, and Borowiecki(+1), O’Brien, Zibanejad, and Regin(EV)

Buffalo: Vanek(+7), Sulzer(+5), Pominville and Ehrhoff(+2), Kaleta and Weber(+1)

Penalty Minutes:

Ottawa: Neil(22), Borowiecki(18), Z. Smith(16), Condra(10)
Buffalo: Ott(20), Scott(19), Kaleta(18), Weber(17)

Shots:

Ottawa: Karlsson(38), Neil(23), Alfredsson(21), Condra and Slifverberg(20)

Buffalo: Vanek(33), Hodgson(29), Pominville(28), Stafford and Ennis(23)

Blocked Shots:

Ottawa: Benoit and Phillips(18), Methot(13), Gonchar(12), Condra(7)

Buffalo: Sekera(18), Ehrhoff(15), Leopold(13), Myers(9)

Hits:

Ottawa: Neil(28), Methot(25), Greening(24), Borowiecki(21)

Buffalo: Ott(34), Foligno(22), Weber(19), Kaleta(16)

Face-Off Wins:

Ottawa: Turris(78), Spezza(68), Z. Smith(67), O’Brien(31)

Buffalo: Hodgson(73), Ott(40), Ennis(36), Hecht(28)

Today Starting Goaltender Matchup:

Ottawa: Craig Anderson 5-2-1 1.12 GAA .962 SV% 1 SO

Buffalo: Jhonas Enroth 0-1-0 5.26 GAA .854 SV% 0 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Mar 10, 2012 Sabres Won(SO) 4-3

Season Series: Senators Won 3-1-2

All-Time: Sabres Lead 56-40-16

All-Time at OTT: Sabres Lead 26-21-10

Panthers rally for 4-3 win over Sabres

The boos rained down on Brian Campbell as the Florida Panthers defenseman scored a power-play goal to give his team a 4-3 lead against the Buffalo Sabres in the third period Sunday afternoon. The Panthers hung onto the lead and came away with their first road win of the season at First Niagara Center.

Florida rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the second period to pick up its first points on the road this season. Panthers forward Peter Mueller scored a goal in his fourth straight game and wing Tomas Kopecky picked up a pair of assists.

Campbell spent parts of eight seasons in Buffalo and was well known for quarterbacking the Sabres’ power play. He earned his fourth goal of the 2012-13 season when he crept in from the left point to wrist a shot over Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller with 10:33 left in the third period for the game winner. Kopecky slid a pass across the goal crease to Campbell, who then put it past Miller and diving defenseman Alexander Sulzer. Then came the boos.

“When they boo you, it means they miss you, I think. That’s what I take it as,” said Campbell, who played in Buffalo from 2000-08. “You try to take it as a positive if that’s the case, but they’re great fans.”

Florida scored four unanswered goals in the third period of their win over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday. Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said that he’d like to see some more stability from his team moving forward.

“That’s a character you don’t want to have to test every time we play. I think you want to be able to play a more stable game,” Dineen said. “I think our game right now is still kind of up-and-down emotionally.”

The Panthers opened up a four-game road trip while Sabres looked to shake off a 6-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. Florida straddled Buffalo with its fifth loss in seven games. The Sabres have earned three points during that stretch and sit at the bottom of the Northeast Division standings. Buffalo also played its third game in four days.

“I don’t think the spirit was broken, I think we played a lot of hockey in the last four days,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “I think some of our top guys, when the shift got long they didn’t have much left. It hurts, but you have to pick yourself up.”

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2012020121&navid=sb:recap

Price makes 32 saves to help Habs edge Senators

Carey Price was subdued in the Montreal Canadiens dressing room Sunday in spite of just having won his sixth straight start and being the backbone of a team that is arguably the biggest surprise in the NHL through the first two weeks of the season.

And perhaps his attitude is a prime example of what this team learned while spiraling down towards a last place finish in the Eastern Conference last season.

“We’ve got to maintain an even keel attitude,” Price said after making 32 saves to give the Canadiens a 2-1 win against the Ottawa Senators on Sunday afternoon. “Whether things are going really good or really bad, we’ve just got to come to the rink with the same attitude and the same work ethic.”

Goals by David Desharnais and Erik Cole in the first stood up for the Canadiens to give them sweep of their traditional pair of Super Bowl weekend matinees for the first time since 2006.

Price’s performance allowed him to climb to fourth in the NHL in both goals against average (1.70) and save percentage (.938).

“As far as I’m concerned he’s one of the best goalies in the league,” Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said. “There are a lot of good goalies in the League, but he’s in there with them.”

Jakob Silfverberg scored the lone goal for the Senators (5-3-1), who lost their third straight road game.

“I thought our team played real hard,” Senators coach Paul MacLean said. “I thought [the Canadiens] had most of the first period, but for the whole game I’m pretty pleased with how we played. I’m disappointed with the loss, but I thought our team played well.”

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2012020120&navid=sb:recap

This Day In Sabres History:

February 5, 2011 Stafford 2 Goal Night Powers Sabres Past Rival Maple Leafs 6-2

On this Day 2 years ago Drew Stafford scored twice in the Sabres 6-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Buffalo also got goals from Jason Pominville, Paul Gaustad, Tim Connolly, and Thomas Vanek. Maple Leafs got calls from Nikolai Kulemin and Francois Beauchemin. Ryan Miller got the win making 23 saves on the night. James Reimer got the loss stopping 25 of 30 Sabres Shots. Stafford’s 2010-2011 Season was his best of his career. Stafford scored 31 goals and recorded 52 points on the season. Stafford also recorded 7 multi-goal games during the season and was one of the factors leading the Sabres late-season charge to the playoffs.

Injury Report:

Ottawa: Cowen Left Hip Surgery(IR/Out), Lundin Broken Finger(IR/Out), Spezza Back Surgery(Out), Gonchar Flu-Like Symptoms(Questionable), Latendresse Whiplash(Questionable)

Buffalo: Leino Strained Right Hip(IR/Out), Regehr Lower Body(IR/Out), Kaleta Upper Body(Out), Sekera Bruised Left Ankle(Questionable)

Next 5 Games:

Feb 7 vs. Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 9 at New York Islanders 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 10 vs. Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 12 at Ottawa Senators 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 15 vs. Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

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