@ 7:00 PM
Buffalo: February 3rd @ Canadiens Won 3-2
St. Louis: February 3rd vs Lightning Won(OT) 2-1
St. Louis: 33-13-4
St. Louis: 70
Rank In Conference:
Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)
St. Louis: 3rd(2nd in Central)
St. Louis: 156(3rd)
St. Louis: 119(5th)
Power Play Rankings:
St. Louis: 24.3%(2nd)
Penalty Kill Rankings:
St. Louis: 80.6%(20th)
St. Louis: 1567(T-7th)
St. Louis: 1378(4th)
St. Louis: 53.8%(2nd)
St. Louis: 1048(21st)
St. Louis: 706(18th)
Buffalo: Girgensons(13), Ennis(12), Stewart(9), Moulson and Stafford(8)
St. Louis: Tarasenko(26). Schwartz(18), Steen and Backes(17), Oshie(14)
Buffalo: Ennis(18), Stafford(15), Moulson(13), Girgensons(11)
St. Louis: Shattenkirk(32), Steen(26), Tarasenko(25), Pietrangelo(24)
Buffalo: Ennis(30), Girgensons(24), Stafford(23), Moulson(21)
St. Louis: Tarasenko(51), Steen(43), Schwartz(41), Shattenkirk(40)
Buffalo: Pysyk, Armia, and Dalpe(EV), Reinhart, Schaller, and Larsson(-1), Ellis(-3), Varone and Gionta(-4)
St. Louis: Tarasenko(+25), Shattenkirk(+18), Schwartz(+16), Lehtera and Cole(+15)
Buffalo: Deslauriers and Myers(55), Weber(49), Stewart(47), Foligno(43)
St. Louis: Reaves(77), Backes(66), Ott(50), Shattenkirk(38)
Buffalo: Ennis(120), Girgensons(94), Moulson(93), Stewart(91)
St. Louis: Tarasenko(175), Steen(156), Pietrangelo(128), Shattenkirk(116)
Buffalo: Girgensons(368), Mitchell(198), Hodgson(157), McCormick(147)
St. Louis: Backes(382), Lehtera(381), Stastny(358), Ott(145)
Buffalo: Deslauriers(167), Weber(103), Girgensons(101), Foligno(92)
St. Louis: Reaves(167), Backes(135), Ott(111), Jaskin(64)
Buffalo: Gorges(139), Weber(92), Myers(90), Ristolainen(76)
St. Louis: Pietrangelo(110), Jackman(79), Shattenkirk(77), Bouwmeester(64)
Tonight’s Projected Lines:
Sabres Forward Lines:
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Blues Forward Lines:
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Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:
Buffalo: Jhonas Enroth 34 GP 12-19-2 3.38 GAA .900 SV% 1 SO
St. Louis: Brian Elliott 25 GP 16-5-2 1.95 GAA .929 SV% 3 SO
Last Meeting: November 11th Blues Won 6-1
Season Series: Blues Lead 1-0-0-0
All-Time: Blues Lead 53-45-13-0-0
All-Time vs STL: Sabres Lead 30-20-6-0-0
Last Game’s Recap:
Sabres End 14 Game Losing Streak, Defeat Canadiens
The Buffalo Sabres avoided being mentioned in the same breath as one of the worst teams in NHL history, the 1930-31 Philadelphia Quakers.
Jhonas Enroth made 32 saves for the Sabres (15-33-3), who won for the first time since Dec. 27. The losing streak was one game shy of the third-longest in League history, set by the Quakers from Nov. 29, 1930 to Jan. 8, 1931.
“We’ve got a lot of proud guys in this room, guys that had been on good teams, and it’s one of those things that no one wants to be a part of and it’s nice that we were able to get that one behind us,” Gionta said.
The Quakers, Philadelphia’s first NHL team, went 4-36-4 for a .136 winning percentage. Previously the Pittsburgh Pirates (1925-30), they folded after their only season in Philadelphia.
The NHL record of 17 consecutive losses was set by the expansion 1974-75 Washington Capitals and matched by the second-year San Jose Sharks in 1992-93.
“We had heard about it and we definitely didn’t want to get that and we just tried to stay positive, and like I said [Monday], I think everyone in here believed that we can beat this team,” Enroth said. “We had beaten this team twice before this year, so that was great to have that belief in our mind.”
Buffalo went 3-0-1 against Montreal, including back-to-back wins Nov. 28 and 29. Enroth is 6-2-0 in 10 games against the Canadiens.
“For some reason we played well against them this year, and at this point it was more about getting the win and getting on the right track, but it definitely feels good,” said Gionta, who as Montreal captain helped the Canadiens reach the 2014 Eastern Conference Final before signing with Buffalo as a free agent.
Blues Look To Set Franchise Record Against Sabres
Season series: The St. Louis Blues defeated the Buffalo Sabres 6-1 in the teams’ only meeting this season Nov. 11. Jori Lehtera had a natural hat trick and Joakim Lindstrom scored twice. Jaden Schwartz had three assists and Vladimir Tarasenko had two.
Blues team scope: The Blues matched a franchise record with a point in 12 straight games (11-0-1) with a 2-1 overtime victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. The Blues, who have won six in a row, were 11-0-1 Nov. 24-Dec. 26, 2000. Schwartz scored the game-winner Tuesday and Tarasenko tied the game with 3:10 remaining to keep the Blues’ streak alive. But the play of goalie Brian Elliott was imperative, since the Blues were outshot 31-18, a season-low. “He was really good,” Tarasenko said of Elliott, who is 8-0-1 his past 10 starts. “This is not surprising us. We’re really lucky to have a goalie like this on our team.” St. Louis won despite not getting a point from Alexander Steen, David Backes or T.J. Oshie for the first time in 16 games. They had 63 points among them the past 15 games.
Sabres team scope: The Sabres won for the first time since Dec. 27 when they defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 on Tuesday to close out a five-game trip. The win for Buffalo ended a 14-game losing streak, which was one loss shy of tying the third-longest in NHL history set by the 1930-31 Philadelphia Quakers. “We’ve got a lot of proud guys in this room, guys that had been on good teams, and it’s one of those things that no one wants to be a part of and it’s nice that we were able to get that one behind us,” said captain Brian Gionta, who scored the eventual game-winner late in the first period. Goalie Jhonas Enroth made 34 saves. During their 14-game losing streak, the Sabres were outscored 61-21. The Sabres have lost five in a row on home ice and have not won in regulation at home since Dec. 11 (nine games). The game against the Blues opens a five-game homestand.
Buffalo: Foligno Hand(IR/Out), McCormick Blood Clot(IR/Out), Neuvirth Lower Body(Probable)
St. Louis: Porter Leg(IR/Out), Shattenkirk Abdominal Surgery(Out) Berglund Upper Body(Doubtful), Lehtera Upper Body(Doubtful)
Next 5 Games:
February 7th vs Dallas Stars 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
February 8th vs New York Islanders 5:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)
February 10th vs Ottawa Senators 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)
February 15th vs Philadelphia Flyers 7:30 PM(NBCSN HD)
February 17th @ New Jersey Devils 7:30 PM(NBCSN HD)