Sabres Look To Play Spoilers In Blackhawks Home Opener 8:30 PM(MSG HD, Bell TV, WGR550)

@ 8:30 PM

Last Game:

Buffalo: Oct 9th vs Blue Jackets Loss 3-1

Chicago: Oct 9th @ Stars Won(SO) 3-2


Buffalo: 0-1-0

Chicago: 1-0-0


Buffalo: 0

Chicago: 2

Rank In Conference:

Buffalo: 13th(8th in Atlantic)

Chicago: 6th(4th in Central)

Goals For:

Buffalo: 1(T-25th)

Chicago: 2(T-17th)

Goals Against:

Buffalo: 3(T-15th)

Chicago: 2(T-8th)

Power Play Rankings:

Buffalo: 0.0%(T-17th)

Chicago: 20.0%(12th)

Penalty Kill Rankings:

Buffalo: 75.0%(T-20th)

Chicago: 83.3%(16th)

Shots For:

Buffalo: 22(25th)

Chicago: 26(21st)

Shots Against:

Buffalo: 40(25th)

Chicago: 34(T-20th)

Face-Off Percentage:

Buffalo: 50.9%(14th)

Chicago: 45.4%(20th)


Buffalo: 16(T-23rd)

Chicago: 12(28th)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: 22(6th)

Chicago: 16(T-8th)

Team Leaders:


Buffalo: Girgensons(1)

Chicago: Keith and Sharp(1)


Buffalo: Foligno(1)

Chicago: Keith, Sharp, Kane, and Seabrook(1)


Buffalo: Girgensons and Foligno(1)

Chicago: Keith and Sharp(2), Kane and Seabrook


Buffalo: Foligno, Girgensons, and Stewart(+1)

Chicago: Sharp, Toews, and Hossa(+1)

Penalty Minutes:

Buffalo: Myers, Gionta, Weber, Ristolainen, and Gorges(2)

Chicago: Hjalmarsson(4), Keith, Sharp, Hossa, Kruger, Morin(2)


Buffalo: Stewart(5), Gionta(4), Moulson(3), Foligno, Girgensons, and Benoit(2)

Chicago: Sharp(6), Kane(5), Richards(3), Morin(2)

Face-Off Wins:

Buffalo: Girgensons(8), Ennis(5), Hodgson, McCormick, and Reinhart(4), Stafford(3)

Chicago: Toews(13), Richards(7), Shaw(5), Kruger(4)


Buffalo: Deslauriers(6), Gorges, Myers, and Weber(2), Foligno, McCormick, Mitchell, and Stewart(1)

Chicago: Carcillo, Sharp, and Shaw(2)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: Benoit(4), Gorges, Meszaros, and Myers(3), Reinhart, Stafford, Stewart, and Weber(2), Girgensons

Chicago: Seabrook(5), Hjalmarsson and Keith(3),

Starting Lineups:

Sabres Forward Lines:





Sabres Defense Pairings:




Blackhawks Forward Lines:





Blackhawks Defense Pairings:


Hjalmarsson-van Riemsdyk


Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

Buffalo: Jhonas Enroth 0-1-0 3.00 GAA .925 SV% 0 SO

Chicago: Corey Crawford 1-0-0 1.85 GAA .941 SV% 0 SO


Last Meeting: March 9th Blackhawks Won 2-1

Season Series: Blackhawks Won 2-0-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 53-47-13

All-Time @ CHI: Blackhawks Lead 31-18-6-1-0

Upcoming Matchups:

April 3rd vs Blackhawks 7:00 PM

Last Game Recap:

Johansen helps Blue Jackets get by Sabres

Ryan Johansen did not participate in training camp, but that and a bit of fatigue couldn’t stop him from making a difference for the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.

Cam Atkinson‘s tiebreaking power-play goal with 7:15 left in the third period, assisted by Johansen, helped the Blue Jackets to a 3-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center in the season opener for each team.
Atkinson’s goal came with three seconds remaining on a hooking penalty to Sabres captain Brian Gionta. Atkinson found room after a quick pass from Johansen set him up to the right of goalie Jhonas Enroth; he skated around Sabres defenseman Andre Benoit, who went down to block a shot.
Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons tied the game 1:21 after Skille’s goal when he beat Bobrovsky on a short breakaway. Girgensons got behind the defense after he poked the puck past Blue Jackets forward Alexander Wennberg and scored five-hole. It’s the second consecutive season Girgensons scored the first goal of the season for the Sabres; he did it against the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 2, 2013.
“I didn’t like our effort tonight,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “I think it was OK at best. I don’t know what it was. I think guys really wanted to do it. Maybe there’s just too much jitters about the home opener, there’s too much hype about it.”
Sabres forward Sam Reinhart, the second pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, had no shots on goal and no points in his NHL debut. His highlight moment came 9:09 into the third period when he set up Cody Hodgson for a wrist shot that was stopped by Bobrovsky.

“He was OK, for an 18-year-old kid jumping in against a team like Columbus that’s a pretty quick team,” Nolan said. “They’re a good team and he gets to do it again next game against Chicago (on Saturday). … Every team in this league is a good team, so he’s got to understudy quick.”

Tonight’s Preview:

Kane, Blackhawks try to continue success vs. Sabres

Season series: The Chicago Blackhawks haven’t lost to the Buffalo Sabres since 2009-10, winning the past five games. That includes sweeping two games last season, led by Patrick Kane, who scored a goal in each game against his hometown team. Kane has four goals and three assists in eight career games against the team he grew up rooting for, and the Blackhawks are 6-2-0 in those games.

Blackhawks team scope: Chicago got the win Thursday at the Dallas Stars to begin the season, but the Blackhawks aren’t happy with how it played out, particularly coach Joel Quenneville. They were outshot 34-26, gave the Stars six power plays and didn’t look much like themselves until the third period of a 3-2 shootout victory. Kane’s 15th career shootout-deciding goal tied him for the lead in that category among active players and rewarded goalie Corey Crawford (32 saves) for a superb effort. “I think we got lucky [Thursday] night,” defenseman Brent Seabrook said Friday. “[Quennveille] said it. ‘Call the cops.’ [Crawford] stole that one for us. He was amazing last night and we can’t expect him to be playing like that all year long. We have to be better in front of him, from all the forwards to all the defensemen.”

Sabres team scope: Unable to build on a goal by forward Zemgus Girgensons late in the second period Thursday, the Sabres were caught flat-footed to start the third by the Columbus Blue Jackets and lost their opener 3-1 at First Niagara Center. The good news was the play of goalie Jhonas Enroth, who is getting his first crack at a No. 1 job. Enroth made 37 saves to keep Buffalo in a game that Columbus dominated most of the night. “This is a competitive group,” coach Ted Nolan said Friday. “They really are. It was almost like one of those deer-in-the-headlights looks. There was just no drive, we didn’t have [any] jump. Hopefully this is just one of those jittery type of games we get out of our system and move forward.”

Injury Report:

Buffalo: Kaleta Facial Fractures(IR/Out), Hackett Undisclosed(IR/Out), McCabe Undisclosed(IR/Out), Pysyk Upper Body(IR/Out)

Chicago: Mashinter Lower Body(IR/Out), Versteeg Lower Body(Questionable), Rozsival Upper Body(Questionable)

Next 5 Games:

October 13th vs Anaheim Ducks 3:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

October 14th @ Carolina Hurricanes 7:30 PM(NBCSN HD)

October 17th vs Florida Panthers 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

October 18th vs Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD/FX-CA)

October 22nd @ Anaheim Ducks 10:30PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

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