@ 7:30 PM
Buffalo: December 10 vs Senators Won(SO) 2-1
Ottawa: December 10 at Sabres Loss(SO) 2-1
Rank In Conference:
Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)
Ottawa: 11th(6th in Atlantic)
Power Play Rankings:
Penalty Kill Rankings:
Buffalo: Moulson(10), Hodgson(8), Ennis(6), Foligno, Ott, and Girgensons(3)
Ottawa: Ryan(14), MacArthur(11), Spezza(10), Karlsson and Zibanejad(8)
Buffalo: Moulson and Hodgson(10), Stafford, Ehrhoff, and Girgensons(7), Myers and Ennis(6), Foligno and Leino(5)
Ottawa: Karlsson(21), Spezza(17), Turris(16), Ryan and MacArthur(14)
Buffalo: Moulson(20), Hodgson(18), Ennis(12), Girgensons(10)
Ottawa: Karlsson(29), Ryan(28), Spezza(27), MacArthur(25)
Buffalo: Adam, McNabb, and Sulzer(EV), Kaleta and Moulson(-1), Girgensons, D’Agostini, and Larsson(-2), McBain and Grigorenko(-3)
Ottawa: MacArthur(+12), Turris(+7), Ryan and Gryba(+5), Cowen and Conacher(+3)
Buffalo: Myers and Ott(39), McCormick and Scott(38), Foligno(27), Weber(23)
Ottawa: Neil(88), Borowiecki(48), Smith(43), MacArthur and Cowen(22)
Buffalo: Hodgson(75), Stafford(71), Moulson(67), Ennis(59)
Ottawa: Turris(98), Karlsson(96), Spezza(93), Ryan(87)
Buffalo: Hodgson(243), Ott(173), Foligno(109), Larsson(67)
Ottawa: Spezza(354), Turris(305), Smith(242), Grant(79)
Buffalo: Ott(104), Foligno(81), Girgensons(61), Myers(55)
Ottawa: Greening(108), Neil(105), Cowen(92), Methot(88)
Buffalo: Ehrhoff(50), Myers(41), Pysyk(37), Weber(36)
Ottawa: Cowen(49), Phillips(48), Methot(46), Karlsson(34)
Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 6-16-0 2.95 GAA .920 SV% 0 SO
Ottawa: Robin Lehner 4-6-3 2.36 GAA .933 SV% 0 SO
Last Meeting: December 7 Sabres Won(SO) 2-1
Season Series: Senators Lead 1-0-1
All-Time: Sabres Lead 58-43-17
All-Time at OTT: Sabres Lead 26-23-10
February 6 at Senators 7:30 PM
Last Game Recap:
Girgensons, Miller Lead Sabres Past Senators In Shootout
The Buffalo Sabres shook up their line combinations in practice coming into their matchup against the Ottawa Senators. The changes seemed to pay off.
Tuesday night, the Sabres put 36 shots on goal – matching a season-high – and defeated Ottawa 2-1 in the shootout at First Niagara Center. Zemgus Girgensons scored both Buffalo’s lone goal in regulation and the decisive tally in the top of the 10th round of the shootout.
Ryan Miller turned aside 35 Senators shots en route to his fourth shootout victory of the season. He’s 4-0 on the year.
The win was Miller’s 46th career shootout win and with it, he claimed sole possession of the record for most shootout wins in NHL history. Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers has 45.
Miller improved to 54-41 all-time in shootouts, including a 7-4 all-time record against Ottawa. Since the beginning of the 2010-11 season, he is 7-4-2 against the Senators with a .940 save percentage and a 2.03 goals against average.
Milan Michalek scored for Ottawa, giving them a 1-0 lead 6:25 into the contest. He connected on a cross-ice feed from wing Cory Conacher. Ottawa goaltender Robin Lehner made 35 saves.
Girgensons skated with left wing Matt Moulson and center Tyler Ennis. They led Sabres forwards in ice time in even-strength situations. Girgensons extended his point streak to three games when he tied the game with 6:45 to play in the second period. He has two goals and an assist over that span.
“I think we just worked as a team today. That’s why we came out with the win,” he said. “All the guys were going. Our line was going all the time, we could’ve had a couple more here and our line just clicked here.”
On his goal, Girgensons beat Senators defenseman Joe Corvo to a rebound fired by Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff. The puck came right back to Girgensons who put it home on the short side.
“I think he’s getting rewarded for his work,” Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan said. “He’s always worked and good things happen when you do that. Now he’s getting some breaks. Not too often he’s going to get a goal from where he did tonight, but I think it’s a good reward for a kid who’s worked so hard. ”
Senators seek split of home-and-home with Sabres
Big story: If you want to beat the Sabres, do it before the shootout. Buffalo is 3-22-2 in games that end in either regulation or overtime but 4-0 in the penalty-shot tiebreaker. Matt Moulson, Brian Flynn and Steve Ott scored prior to Girgensons, and Mika Zibanejad, Kyle Turris and Milan Michalek answered for Ottawa.
The Senators will be without defenseman Jared Cowen for the rematch. He was suspended two games Wednesday for an illegal check on Girgensons on Tuesday.
Sabres: Girgensons, the 14th pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, had one goal in his first 28 games but has goals in consecutive games and a three-game point streak.
Ryan Miller helped Buffalo make it as far as a shootout by stopping 35 shots during regulation and overtime. His teammates picked him up a bit from there. Flynn and Ott gave the Sabres leads in the shootout, scoring in the sixth and seventh rounds respectively, but Miller allowed goals to Turris and Michalek that kept the game going. After Girgensons scored in the 10th round, Miller denied Erik Condra to secure the second point.
“We haven’t had a chance to win a lot of games,” Miller said after his 46th career shootout win, tops in NHL history. “I want to win some games. So, if this is going to be my opportunity to win a game for any number of games, I got to take it and give these guys some confidence.”
Senators: Ottawa dropped to 1-5 in shootouts. The Senators hadn’t even scored in the skills competition prior to Jason Spezza connecting in a win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday, and despite putting three pucks past Miller on Tuesday they were unable to make it two wins in a row.
Robin Lehner had been excellent up to that point, like Miller turning aside 35 shots. But the Senators were never able to build on the lead Michalek established by scoring 6:25 into the game.
“We tried, but unfortunately it comes down to a shootout, and that’s not my best right now,” Lehner said in the Ottawa Sun.
Who’s hot: Miller has a save percentage above .900 in 16 of 22 appearances, including six in a row. Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff has one goal and three assists in his past five games.
Buffalo: Sulzer Undisclosed(Questionable)
Ottawa: Cowen Suspension(Out)
Next 5 Games:
December 14 vs Calgary Flames 2:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)
December 17 vs Winnipeg Jets 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)
December 19 vs Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)
December 21 at Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
December 23 vs Phoenix Coyotes 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)