@ 7:00 PM
Buffalo: February 22nd vs Predators Loss(SO) 2-1
Columbus: February 22nd @ NY Rangers Loss(SO) 4-3
Rank In Conference:
Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)
Columbus: 13th(7th in Metropolitan)
Power Play Rankings:
Penalty Kill Rankings:
Buffalo: Ennis(15), Girgensons(14), Kane(10), Stewart and Moulson(9)
Columbus: Foligno(23), Johansen(21), Hartnell(14), Atkinson(13)
Buffalo: Ennis(18), Moulson(17), Girgensons(14), Stewart(13)
Columbus: Foligno(32), Johansen(31), Hartnell(25), Johnson(21)
Buffalo: Ennis(33), Girgensons(28), Moulson(26), Stewart and Kane(22)
Columbus: Foligno(55), Johansen(52), Hartnell(39), Wisniewski(27)
Buffalo: Bogosian(+2), Pysyk, Dalpe, and McCabe(EV), Reinhart, Kane, and Schaller(-1), Larsson(-2)
Columbus: Foligno(+11), Dubinsky(+8), Goloubef(+5), Tyutin and Rychel(+3)
Buffalo: Deslauriers(64), Stewart(59), Kane(56), Weber(49)
Columbus: Boll(79), Hartnell(78), Prout(60), Tropp(47)
Buffalo: Ennis(141), Kane(126), Girgensons(114), Stewart(109)
Columbus: Atkinson(148), Johansen(147), Hartnell(137), Foligno(126)
Buffalo: Girgensons(439), Mitchell(282), Hodgson(161), McCormick(147)
Columbus: Johansen(591), Dubinsky(320), Letestu(177), Wennberg(168)
Buffalo: Deslauriers(193), Girgensons(125), Weber(121), Foligno(117)
Columbus: Savard(154), Foligno(148), Hartnell(122), Johnson(115)
Buffalo: Gorges(148), Weber(109), Ristolainen(86), Benoit and Meszaros(68)
Columbus: Johnson(83), Tyutin(82), Savard(76), Wisniewski(63)
Tonight’s Projected Lines:
Sabres Forward Lines:
Sabres Defense Pairings:
Blue Jackets Forward Lines:
Blue Jackets Defense Pairings:
Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:
Buffalo: Michal Neuvirth 24 GP 4-16-3 2.99 GAA .917 SV% 0 SO
Columbus: Curtis McElhinney 26 GP 10-10-2 2.69 GAA .918 SV% 0 SO
Last Meeting: October 9th Blue Jackets Won 3-1
Season Series: Blue Jackets Lead 1-0-0-0
All-Time: Blue Jackets Lead 11-6-1-0-0
All-Time at CBJ: Blue Jackets Lead 4-2-1-0-0
April 10th @ Blue Jackets 7:00 PM
Last Game’s Recap:
League Leading Predators Rally Late, Beat Sabres 2-1 In Shootout
Going against the NHL’s best, the Buffalo Sabres took the Nashville Predators to the wire and almost came away with two points.
However, the Predators took home a 2-1 victory in the shootout Sunday night at First Niagara Center. Filip Forsberg scored the decisive goal in the shootout.
Nashville’s power play was 0-for-5 on the evening until Mike Riberio tied the game with the man advantage with 4:17 left in regulation. Tyler Ennis opened the scoring for Buffalo.
The Sabres ended up committing seven penalties in the game including one in overtime. Nashville currently is atop the NHL standings with 87 points in 61 games played.
“We were so close to winning the hockey game and beat the best team in the League, but we took way too many penalties and they got one lucky bounce,” goaltender Michal Neuvirth said. “It’s tough to swallow but it’s definitely nice to get a point against a team like that.”
Buffalo committed four penalties in the third alone, resulting in two Nashville power plays. It was the first time Buffalo has killed off seven penalties in a game since March 8, 2011 at Pittsburgh when they went 7-for-7.
“It’s tough to win straight-up against a team like Nashville but when you add some of the penalties we took – unnecessary penalties – it’s really tough,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said.
Neuvirth and Sabres Head To Columbus
Season series: Cam Atkinson had the decisive goal with 7:15 remaining as the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Buffalo Sabres in their first game this season. Jack Skille and Artem Anisimov also scored for the Blue Jackets. Zemgus Girgensons had the lone goal for the Sabres.
Sabres scope: Buffalo, coming off a 2-1 shootout loss to the Nashville Predators on Sunday, may not play defensemanNikita Zadorov for a second straight game after the 19-year-old was late for a team meeting and was scratched. Coach Ted Nolan was happy with the defensive play without Zadorov. Still, he was understanding. “He’s a great kid,” Nolan told the media after practice Monday. “He really is. … We’ve still got to take in his age and where he came from and different country, different environment.” There’s no question goaltender Michal Neuvirth will make his sixth straight start. “We’re going to ride that horse until we see some tiredness come in,” Nolan said.
Blue Jackets scope: The status of veteran defenseman James Wisniewski is unclear for Tuesday. He was a healthy scratch in a 4-3 shootout loss to the New York Rangers on Sunday, fueling speculation that he is on the trading block. “We want him to be better,” Richards said after the game, according to the Columbus Dispatch. “I’m not going to get into it with you guys (media).” Goalie Curtis McElhinney might get another start for the injured Bobrovsky, who could return from a groin injury this week. McElhinney is 5-2-1 with a 2.11 goals against average and .937 save percentage since Feb. 6. Columbus completed its four-game road trip at 2-1-1. The Blue Jackets trailed 3-0 before rallying to earn a point.
Buffalo: Kane Shoulder Surgery(IR/Out), McCormick Blood Clot(IR/Out), Kaleta Lower Body(IR/Out), Gorges Lower Body(IR/Out), Weber Upper Body(Out), Strachan Illness(Doubtful), Zadaorov Disciplinary Reasons(Questionable)
Columbus: Horton Back(IR/Out), Jenner Back(IR/Out), Bobrovsky Groin(IR/Out), Morin Accelerated Heart Rate(IR/Out), Murray High Ankle Sprain(IR/Out), Prout Undisclosed Injury(Out)
Next 5 Games:
February 26th vs Vancouver Canucks 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)
February 28th @ Florida Panthers 3:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)
March 3rd @ Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 PM(NBCSN HD)
March 6th @ Ottawa Senators 7:30 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)
March 7th @ Washington Capitals 7:00 PM(MSG HD)