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Sabres Look For Some Offense Against The Stanley Cup Champions Kings 10:30 PM(MSG HD, Bell TV, WGR550)

@ 10:30 PM

Last Game:

Buffalo: October 22nd @ Ducks Loss 4-1

Los Angeles: October 19th vs Wild Won 2-1

Record:

Buffalo: 1-6-0

Los Angeles: 4-1-1

Points:

Buffalo: 2

Los Angeles: 9

Rank In Conference:

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

Los Angeles: 4th(2nd in Pacific)

Goals For:

Buffalo: 8(30th)

Los Angeles: 14(21st)

Goals Against:

Buffalo: 26(T-28th)

Los Angeles: 10(T-5th)

Power Play Rankings:

Buffalo: 0.0%(T-28th)

Los Angeles: 10.0%(T-24th)

Penalty Kill Rankings:

Buffalo: 89.7%(5th)

Los Angeles: 86.4%(T-9th)

Shots For:

Buffalo: 164(T-24th)

Los Angeles: 151(T-27th)

Shots Against:

Buffalo: 261(29th)

Los Angeles: 216(T-23rd)

Face-Off Percentage:

Buffalo: 41.0%(30th)

Los Angeles: 49.4%(T-19th)

Hits:

Buffalo: 171(8th)

Los Angeles: 202(2nd)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: 124(3rd)

Los Angeles: 73(19th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Buffalo: Ennis(3), Girgensons and Foligno(2), Mitchell(1)

Los Angeles: Pearson(5), Toffoli and Carter(3), Kopitar, Brown, and Williams(1)

Assists:

Buffalo: Stafford(3), Moulson(2), 6 Tied with 1 Assist

Los Angeles: Toffoli(4), Carter(3), Pearson, Doughty, Voynov, and Richards(2)

Points:

Buffalo: Stafford, Foligno, and Ennis(3), Girgensons and Moulson(2), 6 Tied with 1 Point

Los Angeles: Toffoli and Pearson(7), Carter(6), Kopitar, Doughty, Voynov, and Richards(2)

Plus/Minus:

Buffalo: Girgensons and Strachan(EV), Flynn(-1), Foligno, Mitchell, Myers, and Reinhart(-2), Gorges(-3)

Los Angeles: Toffoli and Carter(+9), Pearson(+7), Doughty(+4), Martinez(+3)

Penalty Minutes:

Buffalo: Myers(16), Deslauriers, Weber, and McCormick(11), Benoit(8), Meszaros and Gorges(6)

Los Angeles: Richards(21), Clifford(12), Stoll(10), Regehr(9)

Shots:

Buffalo: Stewart(19), Myers(17), Girgensons and Moulson(15), Stafford(14)

Los Angeles: Carter(16), Martinez and Williams(13), Toffoli(12), Doughty and Kopitar(11)

Face-Off Wins:

Buffalo: Girgensons(40), Hodgson(28), Ennis(23), Stafford(18)

Los Angeles: Kopitar(60), Stoll(58), Carter(53), Richards(22)

Hits:

Buffalo: Weber(24), Deslauriers(21), Foligno(17), Girgensons(15)

Los Angeles: Regehr(23), Greene(20), Stoll(17), Clifford and McNabb(16)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: Gorges(36), Weber(13), Benoit(12), Meszaros(11)

Los Angeles: Greene(12), Doughty(9), Martinez and Voynov(8), McNabb(7)

Starting Lineups:

Sabres Forward Lines:

Stafford-Girgensons-Mitchell

Foligno-Hodgson-Stewart

Moulson-Ennis-Gionta

Deslauriers-Reinhart-McCormick

Sabres Defense Pairings:

Myers-Gorges

Benoit-Ristolaninen

Weber-Meszaros

Kings Forward Lines:

Pearson-Carter-Toffoli

Williams-Kopitar-Richards

King-Brown-Stoll

Clifford-Andreoff-Nolan

Kings Defense Pairings:

McNabb-Doughty

Greene-Martinez

Muzzin-Regehr

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

Buffalo: Jhonas Enroth 5 GP 1-4-0 3.34 GAA .907 SV% 0 SO

Los Angeles: Jonathan Quick 5 GP 3-1-1 1.86 GAA .951 SV% 1 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: November 12th Sabres Won(SO) 3-2

Season Series: Kings Won 2-0-0-1

All-Time: Sabres Lead 56-40-18-0-1

All-Time @LAK: Kings Lead 25-24-9-0-0

Upcoming Matchups:

December 9th vs Kings 7:00 PM

Last Game Recap:

Andersen, Perry lead Ducks to sixth straight win

ANAHEIM — The Buffalo Sabres finally ended their scoreless streak, but it wasn’t enough against goalie Frederik Andersen and Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks.

Andersen made 22 saves to match his career-high sixth straight win and Perry had a hat trick in Anaheim’s 4-1 win Wednesday against Buffalo at Honda Center.

Perry ripped a slap shot past Buffalo goalie Michal Neuvirth at 17:17 of the third after captain Ryan Getzlaf outworked a defender to the puck to set it up. Perry completed his second hat trick this season on an empty-net goal at 18:55.

Andersen was 5:06 away from his second straight shutout when Tyler Ennis pushed a rebound by him to make it 2-1. Andersen had gone nearly 200 minutes without allowing a goal.

Ennis’ goal allowed Buffalo to avoid being shutout for the third straight game for the first time in team history. Its scoreless streak lasted 198 minutes, dating to a goal by Marcus Foligno in the third period of a shootout win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Oct.14.

http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2014020092&navid=DL|BUF|home

 

Tonight’s Preview:

Sabres try to end offensive woes vs. Kings

Season series: The Buffalo Sabres earned a split against the Los Angeles Kings in 2013-14, with each team winning at home in games played five days apart. Jonathan Quick made 19 saves in a 2-0 shutout on Nov. 7, 2013, in the Sabres’ most-recent visit to Staples Center.

Sabres team scope: The offensive troubles that relegated Buffalo to last place in the overall standings last season haven’t improved. The Sabres come to Los Angeles after a solid effort that came up short in a 4-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday, the opener of a four-game road trip. The Sabres have scored eight non-shootout goals in their seven games and are scoreless in 24 power plays after failing to convert on two chances in Anaheim. Michal Neuvirth made 30 saves against the Ducks; with Buffalo playing on consecutive nights, Jhonas Enroth could get the call against the Kings.

Kings team scope: Los Angeles forward Jordan Nolan and his father, Sabres coach Ted Nolan, will face each other for the first time when the Kings go for their fifth win in a row. It’s the first time in Jordan’s career that he’ll be playing against a team coached by his dad. “It’s just another game,” Jordan told LAKingsInsider.com. “It’s just a little more of a special feeling out there I would think. I’m not looking to be saying hello to him in the game or anything like that. But I’m sure we’ll talk before the game and after the game and I’m sure I’ll give him a little look during the game. So it’s going to be fun I think and I have family that will be watching.” The Kings will also get some help on the blue line with the expected return of Jake Muzzin, who’s missed three weeks because of an upper-body injury.

http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/preview?id=2014020099&navid=sb:preview

Injury Report:

Buffalo: Kaleta Facial Fractures(IR/Out), Hackett Torn ACL(IR/Out)

Los Angeles: Bodnarchuk Knee(IR/Out), Lewis Upper Body(IR/Out), Muzzin Upper Body(Probable), Gaborik Upper Body(Probable)

Next 5 Games:

October 25th @ San Jose Sharks 4:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

October 28th @ Toronto Maple Leafs 7:30 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

October 30th vs Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

November 1st @ Pittsburgh Penguins 7:00 PM(MSG HD/SN1)

November 2nd vs Detroit Red Wings 5:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV/TVA)

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