Buffalo Hopes to Build on Recent Win
Puck Drop: 7:00 PM EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY
TV: MSG-B, BSSW
Radio: WGR 550
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Know Your Opponent
Last Game: 5-3 Loss to Montreal
Division Ranking: 6th in the Central Division
PP: 7th (24.76%)
PK: 25th (77.27%)
What to Watch
1. Will the Sabres Win More Than One Game in a Row?
The Buffalo Sabres have developed the habit of losing their next game after a big win. All season long, fans have watched a team that seems to have a split personality. They’ll play really well one night, blocking shots, making plays, getting goals and coming away with two points. Then the following game a completely different group takes the ice, losing turnovers, letting in easy goals and showing a general lack of discipline, energy and effort.
The Sabres haven’t put two back-to-back wins together since Dec.16th. The fans, who have endured a 10 year long and counting playoff drought, deserve to see more of the same level of play the Sabres have shown in brief moments when they’ve won occasionally.
2. Lower Ranking Teams Beat the Stars, So the Sabres Have No Excuse
Dallas is coming off a three-game losing streak, most recently falling to the current bottom feeding Montreal Canadiens. If a struggling franchise like the Habs, who have only won eight games this season, can dominate the Stars with a solid 5-3 victory, there’s no reason the Sabres can’t beat them too. If Buffalo puts a 60-minute consistent hockey effort together, they’ll make it a two-game winning streak, something they’ve done infrequently so far this year.
3. Dell Has to Dominate
Sabres goalie Michael Houser, who is the franchise’s 6th string goaltender, stopped 43 of 44 shots against the Ottawa Senators. With UPL week to week, Subban month to month, Tokarski presumably suffering from long Covid and Craig Anderson not coming back anytime soon, Houser and Dell have to step up and be strong in net. Aaron Dell is likely tonight, so hopefully he’ll play as well as Houser did in Ottawa.
Jeff Skinner – Dylan Cozens – Alex Tuch
Victor Olofsson – Kyle Okposo – Petyon Krebs
Brett Murray – Mark Jankowski – Rasmus Asplund
Anders Bjork – Cody Eakin – John Hayden
Mark Pysyk – Matthias Samuelsson
Henri Jokiharju – Rasmus Dahlin
Will Butcher – Robert Hagg
Starting Goalie: Aaron Dell
Joe Pavelski – Roope Hintz – Jacob Peterson
Tyler Seguin – Jamie Benn – Denis Gurianov
Michael Raffl – Luke Glendening – Radek Faksa
Joel Kiviranta – Rhett Gardner – Riley Damiani
Ryan Suter – Miro Heiskanen
John Klingberg – Esa Lindell
Jani Hakanpaa – Joel Hanley
Starting Goalie: Jake Oettinger