@ 7:30 PM
Buffalo: December 27th vs NY Islanders Won(SO) 4-3
Ottawa: December 27th vs Red Wings Loss(OT) 3-2
Rank In Conference:
Buffalo: 14th(8th in Atlantic)
Ottawa: 11th(7th in Atlantic)
Power Play Rankings:
Penalty Kill Rankings:
Buffalo: Girgensons(10), Ennis(8), Moulson(7), Stafford and Stewart(5)
Ottawa: Hoffman(11), MacArthur(10), Zibanejad(9), Stone(8)
Buffalo: Ennis(15), Stafford(14), Girgensons(9), Moulson and Deslauriers(8)
Ottawa: Karlsson and Turris(16), Ryan(15), 6 Tied With 8 Assists
Buffalo: Ennis(23), Girgensons and Stafford(19), Moulson(15), Deslauriers(12)
Ottawa: Karlsson and Turris(23), Ryan(22), MacArthur(18), Hoffman and Zibanejad(17)
Buffalo: Girgensons(+1), 5 Tied With Even Rating
Ottawa: Hoffman(+14), Stone and Gryba(+6), Ryan and Wiercioch(+5), Neil(+3)
Buffalo: Foligno(43), Deslauriers and Weber(39), Myers and Zadorov(37), Stewart(34)
Ottawa: Gryba(64), Borowiecki(62), Neil(49), Chiasson(43)
Buffalo: Ennis(84), Moulson(75), Stewart(71), Girgensons(68)
Ottawa: Karlsson(135), Turris(89), Ryan(80), MacArthur and Hoffman(79)
Buffalo: Girgensons(249), Hodgson(141), Mitchell(132), McCormick(105)
Ottawa: Turris(299), Legwand(249), Zibanejad(215), Smith(100)
Buffalo: Deslauriers(113), Foligno(92), Girgensons and Weber(75), McCormick(58)
Ottawa: Borowiecki(114), Neil(101), Cowen(81), Gryba(63)
Buffalo: Gorges(92), Myers(71), Ristolainen(61), Weber(55)
Ottawa: Borowiecki(52), Ceci(48), Phillips(45), Cowen(35)
Tonight’s Project Line Combinations:
Buffalo Forward Lines:
Sabres Defensive Pairings:
Senators Forward Lines:
Senators Defensive Pairings:
Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:
Buffalo: Jhonas Enroth 24 GP 11-11-2 3.04 GAA .912 SV% 1 SO
Chicago: Craig Anderson 22 GP 8-9-5 2.43 GAA .928 SV% 3 SO
Last Meeting: December 15th Sabres Won(SO) 5-4
Season Series: Sabres Lead 1-0-0-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 59-45-10-3-4
All-Time at OTT: Senators Lead 28-18-7-4-4
February 10th vs Senators 7:00 PM
March 6th @ Senators 7:30 PM
Last Game Recap:
Islanders blow lead, lose to Sabres in shootout
A three-goal lead in the third period wasn’t enough for the New York Islanders on Saturday.
The Sabres (14-19-3) ended a four-game skid. Enroth stopped Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen, and John Tavares in the shootout to earn the victory.
“In this game, it’s one thing we said going into the third period, you just never know,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “Throw some pucks on net … but for us to say it was going to happen was a different story. It was just a great third period.”
The Islanders (23-11-1) jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two periods with a goal from Nick Leddy in the first period and two from Tavares in the second, but the Sabres scored three times in 5:12 in the third to tie the game.
Enroth made 33 saves through 65 minutes and improved to 5-0 in shootouts.
“I thought their goalie obviously elevated,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “I mean he was good tonight, but he made some big saves when he had to and that’s what you need to do when you win hockey games. I thought their goalie played well and, we just, at that point, we had some quality chances … we just couldn’t get one by him.”
According to Elias Sports, it was the second time in Sabres history they overcame a 3-0 deficit in the third period and won. They also accomplished the feat on April 2, 2003 in a 4-3 win against the Atlanta Thrashers. It was also the first time they overcame a three-goal deficit and won since April 3, 2012 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“It just goes to show you the type of character we have in this room and a no-quit attitude,” Sabres forward Drew Staffordsaid. “Earlier on in the year, especially down 3-0, the way that they were kind of controlling the play, especially in the second period, we might’ve folded up shop. It’s not so anymore. The type of grit, the type of determination we have in here … what a gutsy win.”
Nic Deslauriers made it 3-1 with 13:21 left in the third period with his fourth goal of the season and second in as many games. Deslauriers received a pass from Stafford in the high slot and took a wrist shot that beat Islanders goalie Kevin Poulin for his fourth goal of the season. The goal also extended Deslauriers point streak to three games.
“We always believed, but we got lucky,” Deslauriers said. “The puck just popped out at me, I took a shot and it went in. From there we built momentum and [Zemgus] Girgensons buried a nice goal there.”
Girgensons made it 3-2 with a shorthanded goal with 9:59 left. Girgensons took a pass from Deslauriers and broke in against Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk. Girgensons’ wrist shot beat Poulin to the stick side for his 10th goal of the season.
“I think a couple guys just turned it up a little bit more,” Nolan said. “Girgensons went to the next level, [you] can’t forget about [Chris] Stewart. I think for the last couple of games he’s really coming on. Stafford didn’t play his two best periods at the beginning, but he had a good third period.”
Stewart tied the game 3-3 with 8:09 remaining. Stewart took a pass from Stafford, deked and then beat Poulin with a backhand shot for his fifth goal of the season.
Buffalo: Hackett Torn ACL(IR/Out), Mitchell Lower Body(IR/Out), Strachan Lower Body(IR/Questionable), Foligno Hand(IR/Out), Gionta Head(Doubtful), Myers Lower Body(Doubtful), Ristolainen Undisclosed(Questionable)
Ottawa: Methot Back(IR/Out), Neil Lower Body(IR/Out), Smith Upper Body(IR/Out)
Next 5 Games:
December 31st vs Tampa Bay Lightning 6:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)
January 2nd vs Florida Panthers 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)
January 3rd @ New York Rangers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
January 6th @ New Jersey Devils 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)
January 8th @ Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)