Woeful Sabres Looking For First Win Against Reigning Cup Champions Blackhawks

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Last Game:

Buffalo: October 10 vs Blue Jackets Loss 4-1

Chicago: October 11 vs Islanders Win 3-2

Record:

Buffalo: 0-4-1

Chicago: 2-1-1

Points:

Buffalo: 1

Chicago: 5

Rank In Conference:

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

Chicago: 9th(3rd in Central)

Goals For:

Buffalo: 5(30th)

Chicago: 13(T-9th)

Goals Against:

Buffalo: 14(T-21st)

Chicago: 11(T-14th)

Power Play Rankings:

Buffalo: 11.1%(27th)

Chicago: 26.7%(5th)

Penalty Kill Rankings:

Buffalo: 93.3%(4th)

Chicago: 54.6%(30th)

Shots For:

Buffalo: 126(T-18th)

Chicago: 129(T-14th)

Shots Against:

Buffalo: 182(30th)

Chicago: 101(6th)

Face-Off Percentage:

Buffalo: 44.9%(25th)
Chicago: 50.6%(13th)

Hits:

Buffalo: 119(6th)

Chicago: 87(18th)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: 65(T-12th)

Chicago: 57(18th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Buffalo: Vanek(2), Girgensons, Hodgson, and McBain(1)

Chicago: P. Kane(3), Saad and Toews(2), 6 Players Tied With 1 Goal

Assists:

Buffalo: Hodgson(3), Vanek(2), Flynn, McBain, and Ott(1)

Chicago: Hjalmarsson(4), Keith(3), Saad, Toews, and Sharp(2), 9 Players Tied With 1 Assist

Points:

Buffalo: Vanek and Hodgson(4), McBain(2), Girgensons, Flynn, and Ott(1)

Chicago: P. Kane, Saad, Toews, and Hjalmarsson(4), Keith(3), Hossa, Sharp, Seabrook, and Handzus(2), 8 Tied with 1 Point

Plus/Minus:

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(+1), Pysyk, Ott, McCormick, and Leino(EV), 7 Players with -1 Ratings

Chicago: Hjalmarsson and Oduya(+5), Saad, Shaw, and Nordstrom(+2), 7 Players Tied With +1 Ratings

Penalty Minutes:

Buffalo: Weber(12), Myers(10), Foligno(9), Ott, Kaleta, and McCormick(5)

Chicago: Brookbank(5), Toews, Bickell, and Shaw(4), 8 Players Tied with 2 Penalty Minutes

Shots:

Buffalo: Vanek(23), Hodgson and Stafford(13), Ehrhoff(11), Pysyk and Ennis(9)

Chicago: Keith(15), Sharp and Hossa(13), P. Kane and Toews(12), Seabrook(9)

Face-Off Wins:

Buffalo: Hodgson(46), Ott(29), Porter(15), Ennis(12)

Chicago: Toews(50), Kruger(24), Handzus(22), Shaw(16)

Hits:

Buffalo: Ott(21), Weber(15), Porter(14), Kaleta(11)

Chicago: Shaw(14), Bollig(12), Seabrook(10), Nordstrom(7)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(12), Weber(10), Ennis(7), McBain and Pysyk(6)

Chicago: Oduya(14), Hjalmarsson(9), Seabrook(7), Kruger and Keith(5)

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 0-3-0 2.87 GAA .938 SV% 0 SO

Chicago: Corey Crawford 1-1-1 2.93 GAA .890 SV% 0 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: January 18, 2012 Blackhawks Won 6-2

Season Series: Blackhawks Won 1-0-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 53-45-13

All-Time at CHI: Blackhawks Lead 30-19-6

Upcoming Matchups:

March 9 vs Blackhawks 7:30 PM

Last Game Recap:

Early Blue Jackets Lead Sinks Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres fell to 0-4-1 on the season following their 4-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets at First Niagara Center on Thursday.

Thomas Vanek scored for Buffalo and Ryan Miller made 29 saves in the loss. Cam Atkinson, Marian Gaborik, Nick Foligno and Brandon Dubinsky scored for Columbus while Sergei Bobrovsky turned aside 26 shots.

The Blue Jackets skated out of the first period with a 3-1 lead. The Sabres’ defensive pairing of Mike Weber and Tyler Myers was on the ice for those first three Columbus goals.

“[I was] minus-4 tonight. I’m not happy with my game,” Weber said. “I’m not happy with not getting my job done. I’m supposed to be helping keep pucks out of the net. I didn’t get that job done tonight. But again, it’s back to work tomorrow.”

Myers pointed out that the team doesn’t seem to be playing aggressively enough in key moments of games and that has led to errors on both ends of the rink.

“It’s very hesitant out there,” he said. “It looks like we’re scared to make plays so we’re ultimately chipping a lot of pucks, which is not necessarily a bad play at certain times, but there are plays out there to be made. It all starts with defensive positioning, decisions made and work made by myself and that’s something I need to make sure I consistently focus on to keep my game at a high level.”

Miller said that the team can learn a lot from these losses, but that they need to turn things around and start winning hockey games.

“There are expectations in here. It’s not just a learning season. This is about a chance to play for the playoffs and a play for a Stanley Cup and you’re not wasting time,” he said. We burned a few games here. We need to improve but I feel like again, there’s a foundation here and there’s enough talent here. We need to get over the hump and we have to play better. There’s no getting around it. But I think we will.”

Weber also made the assessment that the team is a bit too tentative at times and that they’re searching for answers to their on-ice troubles.

“We’ve got to find a way to take the hesitation out of our game. Find a way to generate offense. Find a way to bear down, make plays,” Weber said. “Again, if someone makes a mistake, we’ve got to find a way to bear down and help him out.”

http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2013020049&navid=DL|BUF|home

Tonight’s Preview:

Injury Report:

Buffalo: Tallinder Upper Body(IR/Questionable), Tropp Broken Jaw(IR/Out), Zadarov Finger(IR/Out), Leino Cracked Ribs(IR/Out)

Chicago: No Injuries To Report

Next 5 Games:

October 14 vs Minnesota Wild 7:30 PM(NBCSN HD/TSN2 HD)

October 15 at New York Islanders 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

October 17 vs Vancouver Canucks 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

October 19 vs Colorado Avalanche 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

October 23 vs Boston Bruins 8:00 PM(NBCSN HD/TSN2 HD)

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