|7||NEW JERSEY||+105||Ov 5,-130||-105||Ov 5,-120|
|8||BUFFALO||-125||Un 5,+110||-115||Un 5,+100|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||4-6-0||-2||4-6||-2||4-5||1.9||25.8||2.8||25.4|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-5||1-4||-5||2-2||1.6||27.8||3.2||24.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||20||49||11||19||18||1||2||532||9.2%||80||14||17.5%||85|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||10||19||1||9||9||0||1||258||7.4%||34||6||17.6%||33|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||8||3||3||2||0||0||139||5.8%||17||1||5.9%||13|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||52||9||15||24||4||4||520||10.0%||84||18||21.4%||85|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||28||3||8||15||2||2||254||11.0%||41||10||24.4%||47|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||16||2||5||8||1||2||123||13.0%||14||5||35.7%||25|
|MARTIN BRODEUR (All Games)||13||13||338||308||91.1%||1||8-5||+1||8-5-0||+2||6-6|
|MARTIN BRODEUR (Road Games)||4||4||100||88||88.0%||0||2-2||-0.1||2-2-0||0||2-1|
|MARTIN BRODEUR (Last 4 Games)||4||4||101||92||91.1%||0||2-2||-1.5||2-2-0||-1||2-1|
|JOHAN HEDBERG (All Games)||7||7||180||162||90.0%||0||2-5||-3.6||2-5-0||-4||3-4|
|JOHAN HEDBERG (Road Games)||6||6||153||139||90.8%||0||2-4||-2||2-4-0||-2||2-4|
|JOHAN HEDBERG (Last 4 Games)||4||4||106||90||84.9%||0||0-4||-5.1||0-4-0||-5||3-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||3-7-0||-6||3-7||-6||6-4||2.6||32.4||3.2||32.6|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.5||2-3||-1.5||1-4||1.6||28.6||2.6||34.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||21||54||16||15||21||2||4||622||8.7%||73||9||12.3%||91|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||10||26||7||7||11||1||2||324||8.0%||38||7||18.4%||44|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||8||5||1||1||1||1||143||5.6%||14||1||7.1%||10|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||67||16||30||20||1||3||710||9.4%||87||17||19.5%||110|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||32||7||13||11||1||2||326||9.8%||33||9||27.3%||53|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||13||4||5||4||0||0||170||7.6%||20||4||20.0%||22|
|JHONAS ENROTH (All Games)||3||2||72||61||84.7%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||2-0|
|JHONAS ENROTH (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JHONAS ENROTH (Last 4 Games)||3||2||72||61||84.7%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||2-0|
|RYAN MILLER (All Games)||19||19||636||583||91.7%||1||8-11||-4.1||8-11-0||-4||9-10|
|RYAN MILLER (Home Games)||10||10||324||294||90.7%||0||3-7||-6||3-7-0||-6||6-4|
|RYAN MILLER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||142||131||92.3%||0||2-2||0||2-2-0||0||1-3|
|Average power rating of opponents played: NEW JERSEY 3.06, BUFFALO 3.14|
|2/3/2013||at NY ISLANDERS||3-0||W||0, +105||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/5/2013||NY RANGERS||3-1||W||0, -115||W||5 un||U|
|2/7/2013||TAMPA BAY||4-2||W||0, -130||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/9/2013||PITTSBURGH||3-1||W||0, -115||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/10/2013||at PITTSBURGH||3-1||W||0, +145||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/12/2013||CAROLINA||2-4||L||0, -145||L||5 ov||O|
|2/15/2013||PHILADELPHIA||5-3||W||0, -155||W||5 ov||O|
|2/16/2013||at NY ISLANDERS||1-5||L||0, -115||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/18/2013||OTTAWA||1-2||L||0, -205||L||5 ev||U|
|2/21/2013||at WASHINGTON||3-2||W||0, -120||W||5 ov||P|
|2/23/2013||at WASHINGTON||1-5||L||0, -120||L||5 ov||O|
|2/24/2013||WINNIPEG||2-4||L||0, -165||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/28/2013||at WINNIPEG||1-3||L||0, -110||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/2/2013||at BUFFALO|| |
|3/4/2013||at TORONTO|| |
|3/5/2013||TAMPA BAY|| |
|3/9/2013||at CAROLINA|| |
|2/3/2013||FLORIDA||3-4||L||0, -140||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/5/2013||at OTTAWA||3-4||L||0, +125||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/7/2013||MONTREAL||5-4||W||0, -140||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/9/2013||at NY ISLANDERS||3-2||W||0, +100||W||5.5 ov||U|
|2/10/2013||BOSTON||1-3||L||0, +125||L||5.5 ev||U|
|2/12/2013||at OTTAWA||0-2||L||0, +120||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/15/2013||BOSTON||4-2||W||0, +115||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/17/2013||PITTSBURGH||3-4||L||0, +115||L||5.5 ov||O|
|2/19/2013||WINNIPEG||1-2||L||0, -145||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/21/2013||at TORONTO||1-3||L||0, +100||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/23/2013||NY ISLANDERS||0-4||L||0, -125||L||5.5 ov||U|
|2/26/2013||at TAMPA BAY||2-1||W||0, +125||W||6 ov||U|
|2/28/2013||at FLORIDA||4-3||W||0, -105||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/2/2013||NEW JERSEY|| |
|3/3/2013||at NY RANGERS|| |
|3/5/2013||at CAROLINA|| |
|3/7/2013||at NEW JERSEY|| |
|3/10/2013||at PHILADELPHIA|| |
|3/12/2013||NY RANGERS|| |
|NEW JERSEY: |
LAST SEASON: 48-28-6, 102 points. Lost to Los Angeles Kings, 4-2 in Stanley Cup final.
COACH: Peter DeBoer, 2nd season with Devils, 48-28-6; 5th overall, 151-135-42 in NHL.
ADDED: RW Bobby Butler, RW Krys Barch, LW Mathieu Darche (tryout).
LOST: LW Zach Parise, RW Petr Sykora, LW Alexei Ponikarovsky.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Ilya Kovalchuk. With Parise playing for the Wild and the Devils' decision not to re-sign Sykora, Kovalchuk (37 goals) has to produce more to make up for the loss of 52 goals.
OUTLOOK: Despite losing Parise, their captain, the Devils return most of the players that came up two wins shy of a Stanley Cup. Martin Brodeur remains one of the league's top goaltenders at 40, and this veteran team has the potential to improve playing a second season under Peter DeBoer.
LAST SEASON: 39-32-11, 89 points. Missed playoffs by finishing ninth in Eastern Conference
COACH: Lindy Ruff, 15th season with Sabres and NHL, 565-422-161.
ADDED: C Steve Ott, LW John Scott, D Adam Pardy, rookie C Mikhail Grigorenko.
LOST: C Derek Roy, RW Brad Boyes.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Grigorenko, 18-year-old Russian-born first-round draft pick, who will be given opportunity to immediately make Sabres roster. Skilled, playmaking center already has 29 goals, 21 assists for 50 points in 30 games for Patrick Roy-coached Quebec of Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season.
OUTLOOK: Sabres counting on additions of grit (Ott, Scott) and skill - including late-season acquisition of C Cody Hodgson - to improve high-priced under-achieving lineup that was one of NHL's biggest busts last year. Must stay healthy and get consistent goaltending from Ryan Miller, and steady production from top-two lines to start matching free-spending owner Terry Pegula's objective to deliver a winner.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (NEW JERSEY-BUFFALO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Devils-Sabres Preview* =======================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
New Jersey (10-6-4) at Buffalo (8-12-1), 3:00 p.m. EDT
While the New Jersey Devils search for ways to end their recent struggles, the Buffalo Sabres hope they're in the midst of finally turning their dismal season around.
The visiting Devils look to avoid a fourth straight defeat and keep the Sabres from a season-high third consecutive victory Saturday.
New Jersey (10-6-4) averaged 2.9 goals during its 9-2-3 start, but has totaled nine while going 1-4-1 since. The Devils, who allowed a goal 8 seconds into Thursday's 3-1 loss at Winnipeg, have been held to one goal four times in their last six games while going 2 for 22 on the power play.
"It's frustrating," said forward David Clarkson, who has a team-leading 10 goals but none in the last six contests. "We've got to find a way to get out of this and start playing in the other team's zone a little more."
It has not helped that the Devils have allowed opponents to go 8 of 20 on the power play during the rough stretch.
New Jersey's three-game slide in regulation has coincided with future Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur's absence due to a sore back. Brodeur, who had a 1.84 goals-against average in a 5-1-1 stretch before the injury, isn't eligible to come off injured reserve until Monday.
Johan Hedberg, expected to make his fourth consecutive start, has a 4.06 GAA while losing four straight outings. He's allowed eight goals while dropping his last two starts against the Sabres, but has not faced them since November 2010.
After playing their last four against Washington and Winnipeg, the Devils may be excited to face a different opponent while trying to avoid their second four-game skid of the season. New Jersey went 3-0-1 against the Sabres in 2011-12, scoring nine times to win its two trips to Buffalo.
The Sabres (8-12-1) have won two in a row behind six goals after totaling one while losing their first two games under interim coach Ron Rolston. Nathan Gerbe scored his first two goals of the season and Ryan Miller made 40 saves in Buffalo's 4-3 shootout win at Florida on Thursday.
"We'll take it. It's a step in the direction we need to keep going in," said Rolston, who was coaching Buffalo's AHL affiliate in Rochester when he was tabbed to replace the fired Lindy Ruff last week.
"We still have a big ceiling in terms of room for improvement for our team. Our mindset has to be to get back and be better again come Saturday."
The Sabres went 0 for 13 on the power play in the previous four games but converted their only chance Thursday. Buffalo also has killed 9 of 10 penalties in its last two contests after its previous five opponents went 5 for 16 with the man advantage.
"Ron has made some adjustments, made some changes," forward Jason Pominville told the NHL's official website. "He said from the get-go it might take some time, but we're slowly starting to get results."
The Sabres are looking to get Rolston his first victory at home, where they'll try to avoid their first four-game skid since Feb. 13-20, 2011.
|Last Updated: 12/20/2014 10:24:55 AM EST|