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Last Game:

 

Buffalo: October 17 vs. Canucks Loss 3-0

 

 

Colorado: October 17 vs. Red Wings Loss 4-2

 

 

Record:

 

Buffalo: 1-7-1

 

Colorado: 6-1-0

 

Points:

 

Buffalo: 3

 

Colorado: 12

 

Rank In Conference:

 

Buffalo: 15th(8th in Atlantic)

 

Colorado: 2nd(1st in Central)

 

Goals For:

 

Buffalo: 10(30th)

 

Colorado: 23(T-6th)

 

Goals Against:

 

Buffalo: 24(T-24th)

 

Colorado: 10(T-1st)

 

Power Play Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 9.4%(26th)

 

Colorado: 23.1%(T-9th)

 

Penalty Kill Rankings:

 

Buffalo: 86.2%(5th)

 

Colorado: 85.7%(T-6th)

 

Shots For:

 

Buffalo: 237(T-7th)

 

Colorado: 222(13th)

 

Shots Against:

 

Buffalo: 320(30th)

 

Colorado: 240(23rd)

 

Face-Off Percentage:

 

Buffalo: 45.3%(26th)
Colorado: 49.9%(17th)

 

Hits:

 

Buffalo: 222(T-3rd)

 

Colorado: 181(12th)

 

Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: 111(10th)

 

Colorado: 109(12th)

 

Team Leaders:

 

Goals:

 

Buffalo: Vanek(3), 7 Players Tied With 1 Goal

 

Colorado: Duchene(5), Parenteau and McGinn(3), Tanguay and O’Reilly(2), 8 Players Tied With 1 Goal

 

Assists:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson(5), Vanek and Ehrhoff(2), 7 Tied With 1 Assist

 

Colorado: MacKinnon(6), Parenteau and Stastny(4), Tanguay, Benoit, and Downie(3), Duchene, McGinn, O’Reilly, and Landeskog(2)

 

Points:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson(6), Vanek(5), 5 Players Tied With 2 Points

 

Colorado: Duchene, Parenteau, and MacKinnon(7), McGinn and Tanguay(5), O’Reilly, Downie, and Stastny(4), Landeskog and Benoit(3)

 

Plus/Minus:

 

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(+1), Pysyk, Leino, Foligno, and Sulzer(EV), Stafford, Ennis, Grigorenko, and Kaleta(-1), Girgensons, Ott, and Tallinder(-2)

 

Colorado: Sarich(+8), Parenteau(+5), Benoit(+4), 5 Players Tied With +3 Ratings

 

Penalty Minutes:

 

Buffalo: McCormick(15), Weber(14), Ott(13), Myers(12)

 

Colorado: McLeod(27), Downie(17), Sarich(9), MacKinnon, Stastny, and E. Johnson(6)

 

Shots:

 

Buffalo: Vanek(37), Stafford(25), Hodgson(23), Ehrhoff(18)

 

Colorado: Landeskog(24), Duchene(22), MacKinnon and O’Reilly(17), Downie(15)

 

Face-Off Wins:

 

Buffalo: Hodgson(67), Ott(60), Larsson(25), Ennis(23)

 

Colorado: Duchene(72), Stastny(71), Mitchell(39), MacKinnon(24)

 

Hits:

 

Buffalo: Ott(31), Weber(24), Foligno(19), Girgensons and Myers(16)

 

Colorado: McGinn(20), E. Johnson(19), Sarich(18), Hejda(16)

 

Blocked Shots:

 

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(21), Weber(17), Pysyk(10), Ennis(9)

 

Colorado: Guenin(20), Hejda(13), Benoit(12), E. Johnson(8)

 

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

 

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 1-4-0 2.50 GAA .935 SV% 0 SO

 

Colorado: Semyon Varlamov 5-1-0 1.68 GAA .950 SV% 0 SO

 

Notes:

 

Last Meeting: March 14, 2012 Avalanche Won(SO) 5-4

 

 

Season Series: Avalanche Won 1-0-0

 

All-Time: Sabres Lead 59-50-24

 

All-Time vs COL: Sabres Lead 36-19-11

 

Upcoming Matchups:

 

February 1, 2014 at Avalanche 3:00 PM

 

Last Game Recap:

 

It Was A Luong Night

 

Frustration was the buzzword in the Buffalo Sabres dressing room after a 3-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks at First Niagara Center on Thursday.

 

The Sabres continue to struggle to score, having put in only 10 goals in regulation all season. With the loss, the Sabres fall to 1-7-1 on the season.

 

Ryan Miller made 31 saves in net for Buffalo.

 

Coming off their first win of the season on Tuesday, the Sabres hoped to continue to progress. However, a quick start by the Canucks made that difficult.

 

“It’s frustrating. We had a lot of reasons to build off last game and we just came out flat,” Sabres center Cody Hodgson said. “They dominated the first. They had power play after power play and we just didn’t generate any offense.”

 

Chris Higgins, Brad Richardson and Ryan Stanton scored for Vancouver. Roberto Luongo turned aside 25 shots to earn the shutout.

 

Sabres coach Ron Rolston addressed the issue of dealing with a frustrated team in his postgame press conference.

 

“Frustration is how they do it. If we don’t play the right way, they’re creating their own frustration. They’ve got to figure that out,” he said. “…We’re frustrated, but we’ll get through it.”

 

Vancouver started the game with a flurry of offensive chances. Their first power-play opportunity came 37 seconds into the game and they recorded eight shots on goal in the first 1:49 of play.

 

“It started from the first shift on,” Sabres co-captain Thomas Vanek said. “They should’ve had two goals and [Miller] kept us in it. We knew that’s a good team over there, a puck possession team and they showed it early and often. We couldn’t match it.”

 

The Canucks eventually found the back of the net with 7:51 to play in the period. Higgins scored to give Vancouver a 1-0 lead in a period in which they outshot the Sabres 19-7.

 

http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2013020096

 

Tonight’s Preview:

 

Avalanche aim to get back in win column vs. Sabres

 

Big story: The Avalanche will try to rebound from their first loss of the season while the Sabres are looking to get back to where they were two games ago, when they beat the New York Islanders in a shootout for their first — and only — victory of the season.

 

Team Scope:

 

Avalanche: Obviously the Avalanche weren’t going to go 82-0-0, and while coach Patrick Roy was disappointed to lose for the first time in his NHL coaching career, he came out of his team’s 4-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday feeling pretty good.

 

“We didn’t have the result, but I’m telling you, if we play a lot of games like this, we’re not going to lose that many,” Roy told the Denver Post. “We’ll win our share of games like this.”

 

Matt Duchene, who had five shots on goal but saw his four-game point-scoring streak snapped, echoed his coach’s sentiments.

 

“Other than the first period I think we played a good game,” he told the Denver Post. “I really liked our second period and we really battled.”

 

Sabres: At 1-7-1 and sitting 15th in the Eastern Conference entering the weekend, it’s pretty easy for the Sabres to be a pretty down bunch right now.

 

So why not have a dance contest?

 

At the urging of coach Ron Rolston, a few of the team’s younger players did their best “Dancing With the Stars” imitation after practice Friday.

 

“Twerking on skates,” forward Tyler Ennis said. “That’ll be the first time.”

 

“You need things to pick your spirits up,” co-captain Steve Ott said. “We have so many young guys that we continue to try to keep the mood light. Had some fun out there on the ice.”

 

Ennis pegged 2012 first-round pick Zemgus Girgensons as the winner.

 

“I thought Girgensons won it,” Ennis said. “I think he was moving pretty good out there. Looked a little bit like Miley Cyrus.”

 

Who’s hot: Duchene has seven points in his first seven games and leads the Avalanche with five goals. … No player has seen more pucks than Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, but his .935 save percentage through six games is the best of his career.

 

http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/preview?id=2013020112&navid=sb:preview

 

Injury Report:

Buffalo: Tropp Broken Jaw(IR/Out), Zadarov Finger(IR/Questionable), Leino Cracked Ribs(IR/Out), Kaleta Suspension(Out), McCormick Foot(Questionable), Girgensons Facial Lacerations(Probable)

 

Colorado: Wilson Sprained Knee(IR/Out), McLeod Suspension(Out)

 

Next 5 Games:

 

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

 

October 25 at Florida Panthers 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

 

October 26 at Tampa Bay Lightning 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

 

October 28 vs. Dallas Stars 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

 

October 31 at New York Rangers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

 

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