@ 7:00 PM
Buffalo: November 16 at Maple Leafs Loss 4-2
St. Louis: November 17 at Capitals Loss 4-1
St. Louis: 13-3-3
St. Louis: 29
Rank In Conference:
Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)
St. Louis: 6th(3rd in Central)
St. Louis: 64(T-5th)
St. Louis: 45(T-5th)
Power Play Rankings:
St. Louis: 25.4%(1st)
Penalty Kill Rankings:
St. Louis: 82.6%(15th)
St. Louis: 595(19th)
St. Louis: 476(27th)
St. Louis: 52.5%(7th)
St. Louis: 382(27th)
Buffalo: Moulson(8), Hodgson(7), Foligno, Ott, and Ennis(3), 6 Players Tied with 2 Goals
St. Louis: Steen(17), Backes(8), Tarasenko(7), Roy(5)
Buffalo: Moulson(10), Hodgson(9), Foligno, Stafford, and Girgensons(5), 6 Tied With 4 Assists
St. Louis: Oshie and Bouwmeester(14), Shattenkirk(13), Backes and Pietrangelo(12), Steen(9)
Buffalo: Moulson(18), Hodgson(16), Foligno(8), Ennis, Stafford, and Ott(7)
St. Louis: Steen(26), Backes(20), Oshie(17), Pietrangelo(16)
Buffalo: Moulson(+1), Sulzer(EV), Kaleta and Girgensons(-1), McCormick and Larsson(-2)
St. Louis: Steen(+11), Bouwmeester(+10), Backes and Oshie(+9), Pietrangelo(+7)
Buffalo: McCormick(36), Ott(35), Scott(33), Myers(31)
St. Louis: Reaves(60), Stewart(55), Backes(36), Sobotka(27)
Buffalo: Stafford(54), Hodgson(51), Moulson and Ennis(44), Ott(40)
St. Louis: Steen(67), Sobotka(45), Bouwmeester(41), Shattenkirk(40)
Buffalo: Hodgson(168), Foligno(99), Ott(94), Larsson(67)
St. Louis: Backes(143), Sobotka(139), Berglund(127), Steen(69)
Buffalo: Ott(72), Foligno(59), Girgensons, Myers, and Ristolainen(42), McCormick(36)
St. Louis: Reaves(64), Backes(60), Polak(37), Sobotka(34)
Buffalo: Ehrhoff(36), Pysyk(27), Myers(25), Weber(24)
St. Louis: Pietrangelo(42), Polak(41), Jackman(29), Shattenkirk(25)
Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 4-11-0 3.13 GAA .919 SV% 0 SO
St. Louis: Jaroslav Halak 10-3-2 2.48 GAA .900 SV% 1 SO
Last Meeting: January 21, 2012 Blues Won 4-2
Season Series: Blues Won 1-0-0
All-Time: Blues Lead 50-45-13
All-Time vs STL: Sabres Lead 30-19-6
April 3 at Blues 8:00 PM
Last Game Recap:
Strong Final 40 Not Enough For Sabres
The Buffalo Sabres found themselves behind the eight-ball early against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.
They managed to put together a strong final 40 minutes but it wasn’t enough as Toronto won the second game of the home-and-home series between the two clubs 4-2.
Toronto was ahead 2-0 and the first period and held a three-goal lead after two. They also possessed a big advantage in shot attempts in the early stages of the game. However, the Sabres were able to rally back and make it a one-goal game in the third.
“There are a couple things I’m looking at and evaluating and that’s one of the things,” Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan said. “I want to see how in a situation like that going into the third period, you’re down 3-0 and things don’t seem to be bouncing your way. There’s two ways you can go: Not compete and forget it or believe. But I was very impressed with the way they competed.”
For the Maple Leafs, James van Riemsdyk scored twice and Nikolai Kulemin added a third. Mason Raymond made it 4-2 on the power play with 1:04 to play in the third period. James Reimer stopped 33 shots.
Nolan took over behind the bench on Wednesday and players can already see how his influence and insistency on hard work is shaping their play on the ice.
“I think there’s noticeable compete change in the last couple days. You can see it. Everyone can see it. It’s nice to see obviously,” Ennis said. “It was a loss and a tough first period, but the compete has been a lot better and the tempo’s been a lot better. We just have to play 60 minutes.”
Toronto scored twice with the man advantage and it was Raymond’s goal late in the third period that killed a rally by the Sabres. Ville Leino was sent to the box for tripping Joffrey Lupul with 2:46 remaining in regulation. Raymond scored to make it a two-goal game 1:42 later.
“We can’t take that. We had full momentum and I think he got a little bit frustrated and then just took the guy’s feet out from underneath him,” Nolan said. “Those are a couple things we’ll have to adjust.”
Sabres go for third straight at home as Blues visit
Big story: While the Blues’ goal is to compete for a Stanley Cup this season, the Sabres are trying to build a perennial contender. It’s a process that figures to take time, but there’s renewed vigor in Buffalo with the returns of Pat LaFontaine and Ted Nolan to the organization. Nolan’s first weekend back as coach resulted in the split of a home-and-home with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“He’s an exciting personality,” assistant coach Teppo Numminen told The Buffalo News. “We’ve got good, positive energy around, so it’s been a good couple days.”
Blues: One of the NHL’s most lethal offenses despite a 4-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on Sunday, St. Louis already has nine players with at least 10 points and Vladimir Sobotka will join them with his next goal or assist.
Believe it or not, though, the Blues still have potent weapons they’re trying to get going. Patrik Berglund, who sat out against the Capitals with an upper-body injury, has scored at least 17 goals in four of the past five seasons but has just one in 2013-14, scored way back on Oct. 5.
“I think a lot of people go through this in their career,” Berglund told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “It’s kind of my first time that I shoot and shoot but it won’t go in. For me, as long as I feel like I’m helping the team out there, I know it will come. It’s just not about scoring. I’m killing penalties. I’m playing against some very good lines. I’ll get my chances and one will go in.”
Sabres: Even though Buffalo couldn’t build on a 3-1 win against the Maple Leafs in Nolan’s debut Friday, dropping the matchup Saturday by a 4-2 score, the coach said in many ways their effort was more commendable in defeat, as Jamie McBain and Tyler Ennis cut into a 3-0 deficit in the third period.
Nolan has spent his first several days back with the team trying to pump up the young Sabres and pump life back into a franchise that has fallen on hard times since qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2011.
“Ted came in and basically had one-on-ones with every guy in the room,” defenseman Tyler Myers told The Buffalo News. “One of the things he brought up was don’t be afraid to jump up as much as you can. There’s mistakes that are going to be made, and that’s part of hockey. Don’t worry about it. It was a good feeling to hear that.”
Who’s hot: Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester has one goal and four assists during a four-game point streak. … Sabres goalie Ryan Miller has only won four of his 15 decisions, but he has a .919 save percentage and it’s at .928 over his past five starts, including three 40-plus save performances.
Buffalo: Weber Upper Body(IR/Probable)
St. Louis: Leopold Right Index Finger Surgery(IR/Out), Berglund Upper Body(Doubtful)
Next 5 Games:
November 21 at Philadelphia Flyers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
November 24 vs Detroit Red Wings 5:00 PM(MSG HD)
November 27 vs Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(MSG HD/TSN HD)
November 29 vs Toronto Maple Leafs 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
November 30 at New Jersey Devils 7:00 PM(MSG HD)