Sabres Head Down To Washington Looking To Keep Winning Streak Alive Versus Ovechkin And The Capitals 7:00 PM(MSG HD, Bell TV, WGR 550)

@ 7:00 PM

Last Game:

Buffalo: November 18th vs Sharks Won 4-1

Washington: November 20th @ Avalanche Won 3-2


Buffalo: 5-13-2

Washington: 9-7-3


Buffalo: 12

Washington: 21

Rank In Conference:

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

Washington: 9th(3rd in Metropolitan)

Goals For:

Buffalo: 32(30th)

Washington: 54(T-11th)

Goals Against:

Buffalo: 68(30th)

Washington: 50(T-12th)

Power Play Rankings:

Buffalo: 6.8%(30th)

Washington: 24.1%(3rd)

Penalty Kill Rankings:

Buffalo: 78.2%(23rd)

Washington: 82.0%(14th)

Shots For:

Buffalo: 462(29th)

Washington: 565(22nd)

Shots Against:

Buffalo: 731(30th)

Washington: 511(6th)

Face-Off Percentage:

Buffalo: 42.1%(30th)

Washington: 49.6%(16th)


Buffalo: 545(6th)

Washington: 528(7th)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: 351(3rd)

Washington: 287(12th)

Team Leaders:


Buffalo: Ennis and Girgensons(6), Stafford(4), 6 Tied with 2 Goals

Washington: Ovechkin(9), Johansson, and Ward(8), Brouwer and Backstrom(5), Green, Fehr, and Burakovsky(3)


Buffalo: Stafford(8), Ennis and Moulson(6), Girgensons, Gionta, Myers, and Strachan(4), Deslauriers, Meszaros, and McCormick(3)

Washington: Backstrom(13), Carlson(10), Green, Burakovsky, and Ovechkin(9), Orpik(6)


Buffalo: Stafford and Ennis(12), Girgensons(10), Moulson(8), Gionta(6)

Washington: Ovechkin and Backstrom(18), Johansson, Green, Burakovsky, and Carlson(12), Ward(11), Brouwer(10)


Buffalo: Zadorov and Girgensons(+4), Flynn(EV), Larsson and Reinhart(-1), Kaleta, Deslauriers, and Strachan(-2)

Washington: Schmidt(+6), O’Brien(+4), Fehr and Burakovsky(+3), Green, Brouwer, Kuznetsov, and Latta(+2)

Penalty Minutes:

Buffalo: Myers(33), Stafford(31), Deslauriers(28), Weber(24)

Washington: Orpik(22), O’Brien(21), Wilson(20), Chimera and Latta(14)


Buffalo: Stewart(47), Ennis(42), Girgensons(40), Stafford and Moulson(37)

Washington: Ovechkin(85), Carlson(49), Brouwer(43), Johansson(42)

Face-Off Wins:

Buffalo: Girgensons(126), McCormick(81), Hodgson(80), Ennis(61)

Washington: Backstrom(208), Kuznetsov(59), Brouwer(54), Fehr and Burakovsky(53)


Buffalo: Deslauriers(66), Weber(57), Foligno(52), Girgensons(45)

Washington: Orpik(69), Ovechkin(61), Brouwer(57), Chimera(42)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: Gorges(60), Myers(40), Weber(36), Benoit(26)

Washington: Orpik(54), Alzner(40), Carlson(34), Niskanen(25)

Starting Lineups:

Sabres Forward Lines:





Sabres Defense Pairings:




Capitals Forward Lines:





Capitals Defense Pairings:




Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

Buffalo: Jhonas Enroth 11 GP 2-8-1 3.63 GAA .900 SV% 0 SO

Washington: Braden Holtby 13 GP 7-4-2 2.26 GAA .914 SV% 1 SO


Last Meeting: January 28th Capitals Won(OT) 5-4

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

All-Time: Sabres Lead 85-43-15-2-1

All-Time at WSH: Sabres Lead 40-23-9-1-0

Upcoming Matchups:

March 7th @ Capitals 7:00 PM

March 16th vs Capitals 7:00 PM

Last Game Recap:

Gionta leads Sabres past Sharks; Neuvirth injured

The Buffalo Sabres’ mastery of the San Jose Sharks continued Tuesday.

Brian Gionta had two goals and an assist to lead the Sabres to a 4-1 win against Sharks at First Niagara Center. The win was their eighth straight against the Sharks.

The Sabres took a 2-1 lead on Gionta’s first goal of the season 11:54 into the second period. Gionta took a pass from Brian Flynn and snapped a shot past Sharks goalie Troy Grosenick to his blocker side.


“[Flynn] made a great playing coming in the zone finding me and just running out of real estate and just putting it far side, and it found its way in,” Gionta said. “It’s a big relief. It’s been a long time and it weighs on you a little bit.”

Flynn was set up by Gionta with 12 seconds left in the second period for his second goal of the season and a 3-1 Buffalo lead. Gionta passed to Flynn on a 2-on-1 against Sharks defenseman Jason Demers, and Flynn beat a sprawled Grosenick.

“Our first period was probably our best period,” Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. “We didn’t play sloppy; we didn’t give up outnumbered rushes. We’d come out in the second and third period and played dumb hockey. Just flat out dumb. Pinching, giving up 2-on-1s, 3-on-2s. We’d only given up 10 shots after two periods and we were down 3-0. Just dumb hockey. You don’t win at any level playing like that and you don’t beat any type of team playing like that.”

Gionta scored an empty-net goal with 42 seconds left to make it 4-1.

“That’s one thing … they talk about Gionta’s lack of scoring before, but the one thing he has been really bringing to the forefront is his leadership, and those type of things that happen to us, he’s the first one to say, just keep going, keep going, keep going,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “That line (Gionta, Flynn and Torrey Mitchell) tonight I thought was our best line by far.”

The Sabres victory gave them two consecutive wins for the first time this season. Buffalo defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-2 on Saturday.

“There [are] a number of things that sometimes when you’re going through a phase like we’re going through people sometimes tend to have a tendency to look at the negative things, but there’s some really positive things that are happening along the way,” Nolan said. “There [are] some bright signs and finally to see it all come together with a couple wins is really nice.”

Nic Deslauriers opened the scoring at 5:25 of the second period with his second goal. Deslauriers gathered a loose puck from a Cody McCormick shot, and then quickly fired it off Sharks defenseman Mirco Mueller’s foot and past Grosenick.

Tonight’s Preview:

Sabres get back on ice with visit to Capitals

Season series: The Buffalo Sabres took two of three against the Washington Capitals last season, with all the games decided in overtime. Buffalo won the first two, exactly two weeks apart, in identical 2-1 shootouts. The Capitals won the finale 5-4 behind two goals and two assists from Alex Ovechkin.

Sabres team scope: This was supposed to be the second half of a back-to-back for Buffalo, but snowy conditions postponed their Friday game against the New York Rangers, making the Saturday game against Washington the first time the Sabres have played since Tuesday. Buffalo has won its past two games, its only such streak of the season, scoring a combined 10 goals, its highest two-game output. Brian Gionta and Zemgus Girgensons each picked up multigoal games over the past two, while Girgensons has been playing on the top line with Tyler Ennis and Matt Moulson. “We’ve got to keep this momentum going,” Gionta said Friday.

Capitals team scope: Braden Holtby has backstopped Washington to wins in four of his past five starts; the Capitals have won five of their past seven games. Holtby has faced 147 shots in those five games and has stopped 139 of them. Washington’s power play is converting at better than 24 percent but has scored twice on its past 17 opportunities. Buffalo kills just over 78 percent of opponents’ power plays. In the Capitals road victory on Thursday against the Colorado Avalanche, Ovechkin picked up his third game-winning goal of the season, putting him in a tie for second in the NHL, one behind the Montreal CanadiensLars Eller.

Injury Report:

Buffalo: Hackett Torn ACL(IR/Out), Gorges Lower Body(IR/Out), Neuvirth Lower Body(Out), Kaleta Personal Reasons(Questionable)

Washington: Volpatti Neck(IR/Out), Orlov Wrist(IR/Out), Erskine Undisclosed(IR/Out), Laich Shoulder(IR/Out)


Next 5 Games:

November 26th vs Winnipeg Jets 7:00 PM(MSG HD/SN1)

November 28th vs Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

November 29th @ Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(MSG HD/CITY/TVA)

December 2nd vs Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 PM(NBCSN HD)

December 4th @ Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

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