@ 7:00 PM
Buffalo: February 8th vs NY Islanders Loss 3-2
Ottawa: February 7th vs Blue Jackets Loss 4-1
Rank In Conference:
Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)
Ottawa: 13th(7th in Atlantic)
Power Play Rankings:
Penalty Kill Rankings:
Buffalo: Girgensons(14), Ennis(13), Stewart and Stafford(9), Moulson (8)
Ottawa: Hoffman(17), Ryan(14), MacArthur and Zibanejad(13), Karlsson and Stone(12)
Buffalo: Ennis(18), Stafford(15), Moulson(14), Girgensons and Stewart(12)
Ottawa: Ryan and Karlsson(23), Turris(21), Stone(17), Legwand(14)
Buffalo: Ennis(31), Girgensons(26), Stafford(24), Moulson(22)
Ottawa: Ryan(37), Karlsson(35), Turris(31), Stone(29)
Buffalo: Pysyk, Armia, and Dalpe(EV), Reinhart, Schaller, and Larsson(-1), Ellis(-3), Varone and Foligno(-4)
Ottawa: Hoffman(+18), Ryan and Stone(+5), 4 Tied with +4 Ratings
Buffalo: Myers(61), Deslauriers(57), Weber(49), Stewart(47)
Ottawa: Gryba(72), Borowiecki(64), Neil(63), Chiasson(41)
Buffalo: Ennis(122), Girgensons(99), Moulson(96), Stewart(94)
Ottawa: Karlsson(192), Turris(134), Ryan(129), MacArthur(116)
Buffalo: Girgensons(387), Mitchell(220), Hodgson(157), McCormick(147)
Ottawa: Turris(417), Zibanejad(363), Legwand(312), Pageau(138)
Buffalo: Deslauriers(175), Weber(109), Girgensons(106), Foligno(97)
Ottawa: Neil(129), Borowiecki(127), Cowen(125), Zibanejad(95)
Buffalo: Gorges(145), Weber and Myers(98), Ristolainen(81), Strachan(67)
Ottawa: Ceci(64), Cowen(63), Borowiecki(55), Phillips(54)
Tonight’s Projected Lines:
Sabres Forward Lines:
Sabres Defense Pairings:
Senators Forward Lines:
Senators Defense Pairings:
Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:
Buffalo: Jhonas Enroth 36 GP 13-20-2 3.30 GAA .903 SV% 1 SO
Ottawa: Robin Lehner 21 GP 7-11-2 3.03 GAA .904 SV% 0 SO
Last Meeting: Decemeber 29th Senators Won 5-2
Season Series: Senators Lead 1-0-0-1
All-Time: Sabres Lead 59-46-10-3-4
All-Time vs OTT: Sabres Lead 33-20-3-2-2
March 6th @ Senators 7:30 PM
Last Game’s Recap:
Islanders Hold Sabres To 10 Shots, Hang On For 3-2 Win
Travis Hamonic isn’t known for his offense, but he helped the New York Islanders hold on for a victory against the Buffalo Sabres.
Hamonic assisted on goals by Anders Lee and Mikhail Grabovski to give the Islanders a 3-2 win against the Sabres at First Niagara Center on Sunday.
The Islanders (34-18-1) got out to a 3-0 lead when Hamonic set up Lee and Grabovski 1:02 apart halfway through the second period. Hamonic’s two assists gave him his first multi-point game of the season and his first since March 25, 2014 when he had two assists in a 5-4 win against the Carolina Hurricanes.
“He’s been real good for us,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “Over this last month or so, he’s taken pride, too, in the power play and getting involved in the offense and that’s the one thing here in our system that we try to do. He’s a defense-first defenseman that loves to play against the opposition’s top lines, but tonight, and not just tonight, overall in his play he’s been picking it up offensively for us and he’s paying dividends for this hockey club.”
The Sabres (16-35-3) tied a franchise low with 10 shots on goal. They also had 10 shots on goal earlier this season on Oct. 28 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“We haven’t had a game like that in a while,” Sabres forward Drew Stafford said. “It’s one of those things where I think back-to-back games, I think we need to be a little more simple with the puck, maybe, shorten our shifts. I think some of our shifts started to get a little bit lengthy and that leads to a little bit of fatigue settling in. I think it’s just a little more details that kind of escaped from us tonight that kind of came back to bite us.”
Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak made eight saves.
Buffalo scored two goals on three shots in the second period. Foligno, playing his first game since Dec. 21 after missing 19 with a broken hand, scored his sixth when he put a rebound of a Nikita Zadorov shot past Halak 1:11 after Grabovski’s goal. Zadorov’s assist extend his point streak to five games.
“You get the game taken away from you, be away from the boys, you definitely get a little more passion back,” Foligno said. “You never lose passion, but you get a little bit of hunger. I was happy to show that tonight and be rewarded for a goal.”
Anderson and Phillips Out When The Senators Visit Sabres
Season series: Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan scored his fourth career hat trick in a 5-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres at Canadian Tire Centre on Dec. 29. Sabres forward Matt Moulson scored the only goal in the shootout in a 5-4 win on Dec. 15. Buffalo goalie Jhonas Enroth is 1-1-0 with a 3.95 goals-against average and .882 save percentage.
Senators team scope: Goaltender Robin Lehner will make his sixth consecutive start Tuesday with No. 1 goalie Craig Anderson unable to return from a hand injury. Defenseman Chris Phillips, who missed the Senators’ 4-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday, likely will need a week or so to recover from what coach Dave Cameron called “somewhere between a lower and upper-body injury”. Lehner is 1-4-0 with a .917 save percentage since Anderson was sidelined and has lost his past three starts. He made 29 saves on 32 shots Saturday. “Well we’ve lost three in a row and I’m not happy about it,” Lehner said. “None of us are happy with how we played that third period. We lost a game that I think was easily winnable or at least to get a point out of.” Ottawa (4-0-2) hasn’t lost to Buffalo in regulation since April 5, 2013. “We haven’t earned the right to take any game that should be a sure win or a guaranteed win for granted,” Cameron said.
Sabres team scope: Buffalo will have four days after playing Ottawa before finishing a five-game homestand Sunday against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Sabres are 2-2-0 since their 14-game losing streak, which ran from Dec. 29 to Feb. 3. Buffalo tied a franchise record for fewest shots on goal with 10 in a 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders on Sunday. “Ten shots in a game just isn’t going to cut it. You don’t give yourself a chance to get back in the game,” captain Brian Gionta told the Sabres website after the game. “I thought we had a good push there in the second, but regardless, we’ve got to do a better job throughout the whole game.” The Sabres also had 10 shots in a 4-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 28, 2014. Enroth, who did not start Sunday, has allowed six goals on 103 shots in his past three starts.
Buffalo: McCormick Blood Clot(IR/Out)
Ottawa: Smith Wrist(IR/Out), Anderson Hand(IR/Out), Michalek Illness(Questionable)
Next 5 Games:
February 15th vs Philadelphia Flyers 7:30 PM(NBCSN HD)
February 17th @ New Jersey Devils 7:30 PM(NBCSN HD)
February 19th @ Philadelphia Flyers 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)
February 20th vs New York Rangers 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)
February 22nd vs Nashville Predators 6:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)