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NHL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 3/7/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



BUFFALO (9-13-0-2, 20 pts.) at NEW JERSEY (10-8-0-5, 25 pts.)
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Thursday, 3/7/2013 7:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
57BUFFALO+115Ov 5,-130+125Ov 5,-155
58NEW JERSEY-135Un 5,+110-145Un 5,+135
BUFFALO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games9-15-0-79-15-713-102.629.83.233.2
Team Stats (Road Games)5-8-0-2.15-8-2.16-62.528.33.233.8
Last 5 Games3-2-0+1.43-2+1.43-
BUFFALO Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)2463161727357158.8%871011.5%102
Team Stats (Road Games)13339914123689.0%4337.0%53
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5154272213910.8%16212.5%19
Stats Against (All Games) 77173226247979.7%992020.2%126
Stats Against (Road Games) 42101813124409.5%611118.0%69
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 14427111618.7%22418.2%23
BUFFALO - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
JHONAS ENROTH (All Games)32726184.7%00-2-20-2-0-22-0
JHONAS ENROTH (Road Games)32726184.7%00-2-20-2-0-22-0
JHONAS ENROTH (Last 4 Games)32726184.7%00-2-20-2-0-22-0
RYAN MILLER (All Games)222272366191.4%19-13-59-13-0-511-10
RYAN MILLER (Road Games)111136833992.1%15-6-0.15-6-004-6
RYAN MILLER (Last 4 Games)4413011890.8%02-2+0.12-2-003-0

NEW JERSEY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games10-13-0-6.210-13-6.212-102.427.02.825.7
Team Stats (Home Games)6-5-0-1.86-5-1.86-52.927.42.626.4
Last 5 Games0-5-0-6.40-5-6.44-
NEW JERSEY Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)2356112222126209.0%911516.5%94
Team Stats (Home Games)11321010111130110.6%48918.7%55
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)510244001377.3%1616.2%15
Stats Against (All Games) 651118315659011.0%961919.8%106
Stats Against (Home Games) 2979112329010.0%45817.8%48
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 2045101311816.9%17211.8%33
NEW JERSEY - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
MARTIN BRODEUR (All Games)131333830891.1%18-5+18-5-0+26-6
MARTIN BRODEUR (Home Games)9923822092.4%16-3+1.16-3-0+24-5
MARTIN BRODEUR (Last 4 Games)441019291.1%02-2-1.52-2-0-12-1
JOHAN HEDBERG (All Games)101023720988.2%02-8-7.22-8-0-76-4
JOHAN HEDBERG (Home Games)22383181.6%00-2-30-2-0-32-0
JOHAN HEDBERG (Last 4 Games)44776584.4%00-4-4.70-4-0-43-1
KEITH KINKAID (All Games)10131292.3%00-000-0-000-0
KEITH KINKAID (Home Games)10131292.3%00-000-0-000-0
KEITH KINKAID (Last 4 Games)10131292.3%00-000-0-000-0
Average power rating of opponents played: BUFFALO 3.13,  NEW JERSEY 3.13
BUFFALO - Schedule
2/9/2013at NY ISLANDERS3-2W0, +100W5.5 ovU
2/10/2013BOSTON1-3L0, +125L5.5 evU
2/12/2013at OTTAWA0-2L0, +120L5.5 unU
2/15/2013BOSTON4-2W0, +115W5.5 unO
2/17/2013PITTSBURGH3-4L0, +115L5.5 ovO
2/19/2013WINNIPEG1-2L0, -145L5.5 unU
2/21/2013at TORONTO1-3L0, +100L5.5 unU
2/23/2013NY ISLANDERS0-4L0, -125L5.5 ovU
2/26/2013at TAMPA BAY2-1W0, +125W6 ovU
2/28/2013at FLORIDA4-3W0, -105W5.5 unO
3/2/2013NEW JERSEY4-3W0, +110W5 evO
3/3/2013at NY RANGERS2-3L0, +175L5 ovP
3/5/2013at CAROLINA3-4L0, +115L5.5 unO
3/7/2013at NEW JERSEY 
3/10/2013at PHILADELPHIA 
3/12/2013NY RANGERS 
3/17/2013at WASHINGTON 

NEW JERSEY - Schedule
2/9/2013PITTSBURGH3-1W0, -115W5.5 unU
2/10/2013at PITTSBURGH3-1W0, +145W5.5 unU
2/12/2013CAROLINA2-4L0, -145L5 ovO
2/15/2013PHILADELPHIA5-3W0, -155W5 ovO
2/16/2013at NY ISLANDERS1-5L0, -115L5.5 unO
2/18/2013OTTAWA1-2L0, -205L5 evU
2/21/2013at WASHINGTON3-2W0, -120W5 ovP
2/23/2013at WASHINGTON1-5L0, -120L5 ovO
2/24/2013WINNIPEG2-4L0, -165L5.5 unO
2/28/2013at WINNIPEG1-3L0, -110L5.5 unU
3/2/2013at BUFFALO3-4L0, -130L5 evO
3/4/2013at TORONTO2-4L0, +100L5 ovO
3/5/2013TAMPA BAY2-5L0, -130L5.5 ovO
3/9/2013at CAROLINA 
3/15/2013at PHILADELPHIA 

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.


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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (BUFFALO-NEW JERSEY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Sabres-Devils Preview* =======================


Buffalo (9-13-2) at New Jersey (10-8-5), 7:00 p.m. EDT

New Jersey coach Peter DeBoer is holding out hope that his team's worst stretch of the season is nearing an end.

The Devils look to avoid losing seven straight for the first time in 27 years Thursday night when they host the Buffalo Sabres, the only team DeBoer's squad has earned a point against in the last six games.

New Jersey (10-8-5) might have bottomed out by falling behind 4-0 in Tuesday's 5-2 home loss to a Tampa Bay team that was in the midst of its own five-game skid. The Devils, who have allowed the first goal in seven straight games, are 1-6-2 since starting 9-2-3.

They have not lost seven in a row since Jan. 24-Feb. 8, 1986.

"This is our adversity," DeBoer said. "Every team faces them at different points in the year and this is ours.

"You hope that you get to the bottom here so you start climbing up. I'm hoping this is rock bottom and we can start getting off the mat and getting on to bigger and better things."

New Jersey's current 0-5-1 stretch has coincided with future Hall-of-Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur sidelined with a sore back. With backup Johan Hedberg starting in the last six games, the Devils have been outscored 25-11.

Despite being pulled after allowing three goals on 11 shots Tuesday, Hedberg is expected to be in goal Thursday looking to end a personal 0-6-1 stretch with a 3.98 goals-against average.

Searching for anything positive to take from Tuesday's defeat, the Devils hope to build on a third period where they scored twice and showed some life.

"We've just got to keep moving forward, keep playing, keep battling," said forward Adam Henrique, who scored for the second time in three games. "It'll come."

Henrique's other goal during that span came in a 4-3 shootout loss at Buffalo on Saturday. New Jersey's Andrei Loktionov tied the game in the third but the Devils failed on both attempts in the shootout. Hedberg stopped 20 shots and allowed Jason Pominville and Tyler Ennis to score in the shootout.

Pominville had two regulation goals in that contest for the Sabres (9-13-2), who are 0-1-1 since that victory and in the midst of a 3-1-1 stretch where each game has been decided by one goal.

Buffalo was unable to overcome three different two-goal deficits during Tuesday's 4-3 loss at Carolina. Cody Hodgson scored twice and Pominville added two assists for the Sabres, who recorded 34 of their 40 shots on goal after the first period.

"We were trying to fight back in it, and they would get one right after that," said interim Sabres coach Ron Rolston, who is 3-3-1 since replacing the fired Lindy Ruff. "We've got to do a better job of taking care of those next couple shifts after we score."

Buffalo went 1 for 3 on the power play at Carolina, but is converting a league-low 11.5 percent (10 of 87) of those chances and is 3 of 43 on the road.

New Jersey recorded its first power-play goal in 19 opportunities Tuesday. It's 3 for 34 in the last 10 games.

Last Updated: 5/26/2018 9:12:25 AM EST

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