@ 7:00 PM
Buffalo: February 24th @ Blue Jackets Won 4-2
Vancouver: February 24th @ Bruins Won 2-1
Rank In Conference:
Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)
Vancouver: 5th(2nd in Pacific)
Power Play Rankings:
Penalty Kill Rankings:
Buffalo: Ennis and Girgensons(15), Kane and Stewart(10), Moulson(9), Gionta and Foligno(6)
Vancouver: Vrbata(22), Matthias(14), D. Sedin(13), H. Sedin and Burrows(12)
Buffalo: Ennis(18), Moulson(17), Girgensons(15), Stewart(13)
Vancouver: H. Sedin(43), D. Sedin(40), Vrbata(20), Higgins(19)
Buffalo: Ennis(33), Girgensons(30), Moulson(26), Stewart(23)
Vancouver: H. Sedin(55), D. Sedin(53), Vrbata(42), Higgins(26)
Buffalo: Pysyk(+3), Bogosian(+1), Dalpe, and McCabe(EV), Reinhart, Kane, and Schaller(-1)
Vancouver: H. Sedin and Stanton(+11), Edler(+10), Tanev(+8), Higgins(+7)
Buffalo: Deslauriers(64), Stewart(63), Kane(56), Weber(49)
Vancouver: Dorsett(134), Bieksa(63), Burrows(47), Kassian(41)
Buffalo: Ennis(143), Kane(126), Girgensons(115), Stewart(113)
Vancouver: Vrbata(184), D. Sedin(160), Higgins(136), Edler(132)
Buffalo: Girgensons(440), Mitchell(293), Hodgson(162), McCormick(147)
Vancouver: H. Sedin(548), Bonino(414), Horvat(271), Richardson(269)
Buffalo: Deslauriers(196), Girgensons(127), Weber(121), Foligno(120)
Vancouver: Dorsett(119), Sbisa(106), Stanton(79), Bieksa(74)
Buffalo: Gorges(148), Weber(109), Ristolainen(87), Meszaros(70)
Vancouver: Tanev(131), Edler(92), Sbisa(91), Stanton(90)
Tonight’s Projected Lines:
Sabres Forward Lines:
Sabres Defense Pairings:
Canucks Forward Lines:
Canucks Defense Pairings:
Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:
Buffalo: Michal Neuvirth 25 GP 5-16-3 2.95 GAA .919 SV% 0 SO
Columbus: Eddie Lack 21 GP 7-7-2 2.40 GAA .921 SV% 1 SO
Last Meeting: January 30th Canucks Won 5-2
Season Series: Canucks Lead 1-0-0-0
All-Time: Canucks Lead 48-44-19-1-1
All-Time vs VAN: Sabres Lead 29-19-8-0-0
Last Game’s Recap:
Sabres Lose Girgensons And Ennis in 4-2 Win Over Jackets
The Buffalo Sabres picked up a big win Tuesday night, but lost two key forwards in the process.
Buffalo earned two points on the road with a 4-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.Cody Hodgson, Zemgus Girgensons, Mark Pysyk and Chris Stewart scored for the Sabres and Michal Neuvirthmade 45 saves.
Matt Calvert and Kevin Connauton posted markers for the Blue Jackets. Anton Forsberg made his fourth-career start for Columbus. He’s still searching for his first NHL victory.
However, Girgensons’ night ended he blocked a shot off his right foot midway through the second period. A big slap shot from the point by James Wisniewski appeared to go off Girgensons’ heel and, in visible pain, he had to be helped off the ice, putting virtually no pressure on that right leg.
“He’s a fearless kid. We’ve got a lot of our guys who are like that and he’s certainly one of the guys leading the way,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said.
Tyler Ennis played his last shift at the end of the second period. He was then ruled out with a lower-body injury that Nolan said is the result of “wear and tear.”
The team will wait for further evaluations on each player. Nolan is concerned that Girgensons’ injury could be season-ending, but is waiting for official word. He said Ennis could miss anywhere from a few days to a week.
Those injuries meant Buffalo was without two-thirds if its top line during critical situations in which they were trying to hold onto a lead. The forwards were already tasked with playing a few extra shifts to begin with because Nicolas Deslauriers was playing with an illness.
Buffalo was able to lock it down and prevent a Blue Jackets rally even as they were outshot 18-4 in the third period.
“We did what we had to do in the third,” Neuvirth said. “We didn’t give up any odd-man rushes or breakaways. We stuck to our game plan and it’s good for us to get the two points.”
Nolan called it a “gutsy performance” and the players thought they were able to make the most of their opportunities without sacrificing sound defensive play.
“We did a real good job of waiting and being patient,” Hodgson said. “Especially in the third period that we capitalize on our chances, that we didn’t give them anything and we waited until they gave us something.”
Injury-Ridden Canucks Head To Buffalo To Take On Short Handed Sabres
Season series: Twelve Vancouver Canucks had a point in a 5-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres at Rogers Arena, sending the Sabres to their 14th straight regulation loss on Jan. 30. Dan Hamhuis and Henrik Sedin each had two assists for the Canucks. Chris Stewart scored the goals for the Sabres.
Canucks team scope: Since replacing injured Ryan Miller, goalie Eddie Lack has been nearly perfect. He’s stopped 67 of 68 shots in four-plus periods, and the Canucks have gone 2-0-0 (Lack has gone 1-0-0). Forward Nick Boninoreturned Monday after missing the past seven games because of a lower-body injury. The Canucks are without defensemen Alexander Edler, Kevin Bieksa, Christopher Tanev and Frank Corrado.
Sabres team scope: Forwards Tyler Ennis and Zemgus Girgensons each left the game Tuesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets with an injury. Though Ennis may miss a few days with a lower-body injury, Girgensons, who blocked a shot with his foot, could be lost for the season, according to the Buffalo News. “It doesn’t look very good,” coach Ted Nolan said after the game. The Sabres are already down two defensemen: Josh Gorges (out for the season) and Mike Weber (out for the next two weeks). “It’s tough, no doubt,” forward Cody Hodgson said, according to the Buffalo News. “Zemgus has been a big part of our team all year and it was tough to see him go down, both him and Tyler.”
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), Girgensons Foot(Out), Ennis Lower Body(Doubtful) Strachan Illness(Questionable), Zadaorov Disciplinary Reasons(Probable)
Vancouver: Richardson Lower Body(IR/Out), Bieksa Broken Hand(IR/Out), Corrado Illness(IR/Out), Edler Upper Body(IR/Out), Tanev Upper Body(IR/Out), Miller Lower Body(IR/Out), Burrows Lower Body(Doubtful)
Next 5 Games:
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)
Mach 11th @ Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 PM(MSG HD/SN HD)