Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 2-10-0 3.09 GAA .919 SV% 0 SO
Los Angeles: Jonathan Quick 8-5-1 2.68 GAA .896 SV% 0 SO
Last Meeting: October 8, 2011 @ Berlin, Germany-Sabres Won 4-2
Season Series: Tied 0-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 55-39-19
All-Time @ LAK: Sabres Lead 24-23-10
Buffalo: Weber Upper Body(IR/Out), Scott Suspended(Out)
Los Angeles: Carter Lower Body(IR/Out), Stoll Upper Body(Questionable)
Next 5 Games:
November 8 @ Anaheim Ducks 10:00 PM(MSG HD)
November 12 vs Los Angeles Kings 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
November 15 vs Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
November 16 @ Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
November 19 vs St. Louis Blues 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
San Jose: Vlasic(31), Braun(21), Demers(19), Couture(18)
Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 1-10-0 3.03 GAA .919 SV% 0 SO
San Jose: Antti Niemi 9-1-3 1.73 GAA .925 SV% 2 SO
Last Meeting: March 1, 2012 Sabres Won 1-0
Season Series: Sabres Won 1-0-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 18-6-5
All-Time at SJS: Sharks Lead 5-4-5
February 28 vs Sharks 7:00 PM
Last Game Recap:
Ducks Power Past Sabres
The Buffalo Sabres held the lead for a brief time against the Anaheim Ducks. It didn’t last long, however.
Cody Hodgson opened the scoring for Buffalo in the second period, but the Ducks roared back with five consecutive goals en route to a 6-3 win at First Niagara Center on Saturday. Buffalo’s lead lasted 2:27 before Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf tied it up.
Emerson Etem and Corey Perry each scored twice for Anaheim. Sami Vatanen also tallied. Jonas Hiller made 14 saves.
Henrik Tallinder scored Buffalo’s second goal 6:52 into the third period for his first as a Sabre since March 31, 2010. Tyler Myers scored his first of the season with 5:01 remaining in the game to make it 5-3. Perry scored again with 4:22 remaining in the game to end any chance of a Buffalo rally.
“We beat ourselves. I think it’s just mental,” Tallinder said. “After you get scored on, you have to show that it’s not going to happen, this is not acceptable. And I don’t know, it’s weak.”
Anaheim took the lead with 4:42 left in the second on the goal by Vatanen. Then Etem scored his first goal 34 seconds later to make it 3-1. The two quick goals seemed to shake Buffalo out of its rhythm.
“I thought we did deflate a little bit after they put us down 3-1 after the second period. That’s something we can’t have,” Myers said. “Things are tough right now. It’s easy to do that. It’s been happening a lot. When we get down, it’s almost like we have a ‘Here we go again’ mentality once it happens. We have to build to get out of that.”
Tallinder said that a lot of it comes down to the support on the ice between teammates.
“You have to have teammates who support you. If a mistake is made, another guy is going to be there and support you. We’re not doing it consistently for 60 minutes,” he said. “I don’t know. We beat ourselves, as I said before. We get scored on and, ‘Oh my God, it’s happening again.’ And they score another quick one. I mean, come on. This is the NHL.”
Big Story: The Sabres need to get on a roll and quickly. Buffalo is off to its worst start to a season in franchise history, losing seven of its past eight games and 14 of 16 overall.
”We’re facing a lot of adversity right now,” Sabres center Cody Hodgson said. ”We can say as much as we want, but at the end of the day it’s what we do on the ice. Right now it’s not good enough.”
It doesn’t get any easier in San Jose. The Sharks are thriving in a competitive Pacific Division, where they ended October tied for first place with the Anaheim Ducks, one point ahead of the Phoenix Coyotes and two ahead of the Vancouver Canucks.
“What are we? Fourteen games in? It’s going to be that way all year. I don’t see it changing one bit,” Sharks coach Todd McLellan said.
Sabres: The Sabres’ woes continued Saturday with a 6-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks, a game where the Ducks scored five straight goals after Cody Hodgson had given the Sabres a 1-0 lead in the second period. Buffalo was outshot 29-17, the sixth straight game that’s happened, and barely tested Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller.
“It’s a mentality right now for us, wanting to make a better play, I think,” Sabres coach Ron Rolston said. “I think that’s the same with a lot of our turnovers now through the neutral zone. We want to make a better play than what is there and we’re not taking what is there.”
Sharks: The Sharks come off their first home loss of the season after five consecutive regulation wins. The 3-2 shootout defeat against the Coyotes also was the first time San Jose has gone two straight without a win.
In the loss the Sharks welcomed back defenseman Dan Boyle after he missed seven games with a concussion.
“He’s maybe one of the top two or three quarterback defensemen in the League,” McLellan said. “It’s his poise, his experience, his knowledge and reads of what’s going on.”
Who’s hot: Sharks center Joe Pavelski has scored goals in three straight games and is tied with Couture for the team lead in points (13). Niemi was named one of the NHL’s Three Stars for October with a 9-1-2 record, a 1.72 goals-against average, a .924 save percentage and two shutouts. Center Tomas Hertl was named the NHL Rookie of the Month after he led all rookies with eight goals and 11 points in 13 games. Defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic (3-7-10) earned “Sharks Player of the Month” honors.