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Buffalo: January 15 at Maple Leafs Loss(SO) 4-3
Columbus: January 17 vs Capitals Won 5-1
Rank In Conference:
Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)
Columbus: 11th(6th in Metropolitan)
Power Play Rankings:
Penalty Kill Rankings:
Buffalo: Moulson(15), Ennis and Hodgson(10), Foligno and Ott(5), Girgensons, Myers, and Stafford(4)
Columbus: Johansen(18), Atkinson(15), Foligno and Anisimov(12), Umberger(11)
Buffalo: Ehrhoff(16), Moulson(14), Hodgson(13), Girgensons(10)
Columbus: Wisniewski(23), Dubinsky(21), Johansen(18), Tyutin(15)
Buffalo: Moulson(29), Hodgson(23), Ennis(19), Ehrhoff(18)
Columbus: Johansen(36), Dubinsky(30), Wisniewski(27), Atkinson and Foligno(26)
Buffalo: McNabb(+3), D’Agostini(+1), Ellis and Adam(EV), Kaleta, Larsson, and Omark(-1)
Columbus: Nikitin and Dubinsky(+10), Savard and Calvert(+7), Tropp(+6), Atkinson and Jenner(+3)
Buffalo: Scott(70), Konopka(61), Foligno(57), Myers(46), Ott(45)
Columbus: Dubinsky(78), Foligno(64), Boll(38), Wisniewski(37)
Buffalo: Moulson(109), Ennis(101), Stafford(99), Ehrhoff(95)
Columbus: Atkinson(130), Johansen(127), Dubinsky(104), Wisniewski(88)
Buffalo: Hodgson and Ott(264), Konopka(213), Foligno(129), Ennis(122)
Columbus: Johansen(407), Anisimov(289), Dubinsky(281), Letestu(216)
Buffalo: Ott(151), Weber(106), Foligno(105), Girgensons(100)
Columbus: Comeau(131), Foligno(119), Dubinsky(116), MacKenzie(111)
Buffalo: Ehrhoff and Weber(67), Myers(61), Pysyk(53), McBain(49)
Columbus: Johnson and Murray(74), Tyutin(51), Nikitin(50), Savard(44)
Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 12-18-2 2.59 GAA .927 SV% 0 SO
Columbus: Sergei Bobrovsky 13-11-2 2.58 GAA .915 SV% 2 SO
Last Meeting: October 10 Blue Jackets Won 4-1
Season Series: Blue Jackets Lead 1-0-0
All-Time: Blue Jackets Lead 9-5-1
All-Time vs CBJ: Blue Jackets Lead 5-4-0
January 25 at Blue Jackets 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Last Game Recap:
Leafs Top Sabres 4-3 in Shootout To Close Season Series
The wins might not necessarily be coming for the Buffalo Sabres, but they are accumulating points and building confidence.
After losing in the final 15 seconds of the game to the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday, Buffalo battled back Wednesday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs and took the game to the shootout.
Phil Kessel, Nikolai Kulemin and Morgan Rielly scored for the Maple Leafs. James Reimer made 27 saves. In the shootout, Toronto scored on all three of their attempts to claim the extra point.
Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan couldn’t put his finger on what was different in the third period Wednesday as opposed to Tuesday, but credited the efforts of some of the leaders on the team.
“I think the guys just bared down a little bit,” he said. “We had some great leadership tonight again from Steve Ott and he really willed this game back. I thought [Zemgus] Girgensons was outstanding here tonight. Overall, the guys worked hard.”
The game marked the fifth and final meeting between the two Atlantic Division rivals. Toronto ended up going 3-1-1 to win the season series.
Buffalo has collected six points in their past five games and the players are starting to see the work they’re putting in produce more of the results they’re looking for.
“We’re definitely playing a simpler game. It keeps us in more hockey games,” Miller said. “You’re going to pick up points that way. That’s the secret to the NHL now is just hang around and be in the games and then separate yourself. If you can get good chemistry and if you get lucky, you’re not going to get hurt too often with your forward group or your D group.”
Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers returned to the lineup after serving a three-game suspension for an illegal hit to the head of Dainius Zubrus on Jan 4. He played 26:02 against Toronto and recorded the primary assist on Ellis’ goal.
He also played a big part in a successful penalty kill in overtime.
“I thought we did a really good job. I thought we were pretty aggressive and I thought that’s what we needed to try to do to try and limit their chances,” he said. “It’s never easy 4-on-3, 5-on-3 but the way we pressure them, that’s what we needed to do and it resulted in a pretty good kill.”
Nolan was impressed with the 6-foot-8 defenseman’s game.
“You can tell how much you missed a player tonight and how significant he was tonight. I thought Tyler Myers, his first game back, it was probably one of his better games he’s played all season long,” Nolan said. “He played with a little pizzazz, he played with some energy and he was very aggressive. He had a great game.”
Buffalo: McCormick Upper Body(IR/Out), Porter Lower Body(IR/Out), Tallinder Upper Body(IR/Out), D’Agostini Upper Body(Questionable), Leino Undisclosed(Questionable)
Columbus: Bass Broken Thumb(IR/Out), Boll Bruised Left Foot(IR/Out), Gaborik Broken Collarbone(IR/Out), Skille Upper Body(IR/Out), Tyutin Illness(Probable)
Next 5 Games:
January 21 vs Florida Panthers 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)
January 23 vs Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)
January 25 at Columbus Blue Jackets 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
January 27 at Pittsburgh Penguins 7:30 PM(NBCSN HD/TSN2 HD)
January 28 vs Washington Capitals 7:30 PM(NBCSN HD/TSN2 HD)