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NHL : ATS Matchup
Saturday 3/16/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



OTTAWA (13-8-0-6, 32 pts.) at BUFFALO (10-14-0-3, 23 pts.)
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Saturday, 3/16/2013 3:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
5OTTAWA+110Ov 5,-120+115Ov 5,-130
6BUFFALO-130Un 5,+100-135Un 5,+110
OTTAWA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games13-14-0-0.513-14-0.56-172.433.02.133.7
Team Stats (Road Games)4-10-0-4.84-10-4.84-
Last 5 Games1-4-0-2.61-4-2.62-12.835.43.435.6
vs. Division5-6-0-0.95-6-0.94-52.531.52.435.0
OTTAWA Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)2764162718348917.2%881618.2%105
Team Stats (Road Games)143061310124796.3%46919.6%50
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)514536001777.9%12433.3%25
Team Stats (vs. Division)11279116113467.8%35720.0%47
Stats Against (All Games) 58221317669106.4%1001212.0%94
Stats Against (Road Games) 3715910344727.8%56712.5%59
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 17743331789.6%17317.6%23
Stats Against (vs. Division) 261076333856.8%40615.0%40
OTTAWA - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
CRAIG ANDERSON (All Games)151545943795.2%49-6+2.99-6-0+33-11
CRAIG ANDERSON (Road Games)6617916893.9%22-4-22-4-0-21-5
CRAIG ANDERSON (vs. Division)5515714994.9%23-2+13-2-0+12-3
CRAIG ANDERSON (Last 4 Games)4411711094.0%12-2+0.22-2-001-2
BEN BISHOP (All Games)8725323492.5%03-4-0.83-4-0-12-4
BEN BISHOP (Road Games)4413011790.0%01-3-1.21-3-0-12-2
BEN BISHOP (vs. Division)331019392.1%02-1+1.12-1-0+11-1
BEN BISHOP (Last 4 Games)4414213293.0%02-2+0.12-2-001-2
ROBIN LEHNER (All Games)5519618594.4%01-4-2.61-4-0-31-2
ROBIN LEHNER (Road Games)4416115294.4%01-3-1.61-3-0-21-2
ROBIN LEHNER (vs. Division)3312611994.4%00-3-30-3-0-31-1
ROBIN LEHNER (Last 4 Games)4415014194.0%01-3-1.61-3-0-21-1

BUFFALO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games10-17-0-7.710-17-7.713-122.629.03.133.0
Team Stats (Home Games)5-7-0-3.65-7-3.67-52.730.73.032.5
Last 5 Games1-4-0-2.61-4-2.61-22.427.42.830.0
vs. Division4-6-0-1.84-6-1.86-42.730.43.332.7
BUFFALO Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)2770172030357829.0%981111.2%115
Team Stats (Home Games)123371014233698.9%49714.3%55
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)512147001378.8%19210.5%19
Team Stats (vs. Division)10276812123048.9%3738.1%44
Stats Against (All Games) 84193428358919.4%1092321.1%134
Stats Against (Home Games) 3671513123909.2%39923.1%58
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 14336221509.3%17635.3%20
Stats Against (vs. Division) 3371781132710.1%47919.1%57
BUFFALO - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
JHONAS ENROTH (All Games)5413412089.6%01-3-1.61-3-0-22-1
JHONAS ENROTH (Home Games)11333297.0%01-0+1.41-0-0+10-1
JHONAS ENROTH (vs. Division)21352982.9%00-1-10-1-0-11-0
JHONAS ENROTH (Last 4 Games)43978890.7%01-2-0.61-2-0-11-1
RYAN MILLER (All Games)242375569091.4%19-14-69-14-0-611-11
RYAN MILLER (Home Games)111135532290.7%04-7-4.94-7-0-57-4
RYAN MILLER (vs. Division)9929126591.1%14-5-0.84-5-0-15-4
RYAN MILLER (Last 4 Games)43887989.8%00-3-30-3-0-31-1
Average power rating of opponents played: OTTAWA 3.14,  BUFFALO 3.08
OTTAWA - Schedule
2/18/2013at NEW JERSEY2-1W0, +175W5 evU
2/19/2013NY ISLANDERS3-1W0, -125W5.5 unU
2/21/2013NY RANGERS3-2W0, +125W5 unP
2/23/2013TORONTO3-2W0, +100W5 ovP
2/25/2013MONTREAL2-1W0, +110W5 unU
2/28/2013at BOSTON1-2L0, +175L5 ovU
3/2/2013at PHILADELPHIA1-2L0, +145L5 ovU
3/3/2013at NY ISLANDERS2-3L0, +140L5.5 unU
3/6/2013at TORONTO4-5L0, +125L5 ovO
3/8/2013at NY RANGERS3-2W0, +145W5 evP
3/11/2013BOSTON2-3L0, +150L5 ovP
3/13/2013at MONTREAL3-4L0, +160L5 unO
3/16/2013at BUFFALO 
3/19/2013at NY ISLANDERS 
3/23/2013TAMPA BAY 
3/25/2013NEW JERSEY 

BUFFALO - Schedule
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 JERSEY2-3L0, +125L5 ovP
3/10/2013at PHILADELPHIA2-3L0, +120L5.5 evU
3/12/2013NY RANGERS3-1W0, +135W5 ovU
3/17/2013at WASHINGTON 
3/19/2013at MONTREAL 
3/23/2013at MONTREAL 
3/26/2013at TAMPA BAY 

LAST SEASON: 41-31-10, 92 points. Lost to New York Rangers 4-3 in first round

COACH: Paul MacLean, 2nd season with Senators and NHL, 41-31-10.

ADDED: RW Guillaume Latendresse, D Marc Methot, D Mike Lundin.

LOST: LW Nick Foligno, C Zenon Konopka, LW Nikita Filatov, D Matt Carkner, D Filip Kuba.

PLAYER TO WATCH: D Erik Karlsson's continued emergence as the NHL's top play-making defenseman. The 22-year-old Swede won his first Norris Trophy in only his second NHL season after leading all blue-liners with 78 points (19 goals, 59 assists).

OUTLOOK: A surprising run to the playoffs led to captain Daniel Alfredsson's decision to put off retirement for at least one more season. The Senators have the capacity to build on last year under the firm direction of MacLean, the longtime Red Wings' assistant, who had an impressive debut as a first-time head coach.


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 (OTTAWA-BUFFALO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Senators-Sabres Preview* =========================


Ottawa (13-8-6) at Buffalo (10-14-3), 3:00 p.m. EDT

While the Ottawa Senators continue to play with a depleted roster, the Buffalo Sabres might get a handful of players back on the ice Saturday.

The Sabres will try to use that to their advantage as they seek a third straight home win and their first victory in three matchups with the Senators this season.

Among Ottawa's injured players are top goaltender Craig Anderson, reigning Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson, star center Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek, a 35-goal scorer last season.

Those absences have taken a toll, with the Senators (13-8-6) going 1-2-4 in their last seven games and 2-7-3 in their past 12 on the road. They suffered their second shootout loss in as many contests Wednesday, 4-3 in Montreal.

Defenseman Patrick Wiercioch helped his team salvage another point with his third goal in five games.

"It'd be nice to get a couple more wins. I know one point is good and we have lots of guys out, but we're playing good," goaltender Robin Lehner said. "It would be nice to have those guys, but a lot of other players are stepping up and we're playing close games. The two points would help us a little more."

Ottawa has tabbed Ben Bishop to start in net Saturday. He had yielded two goals or fewer in five straight starts before giving up five in his most recent outing, a 5-4 loss March 6 at Toronto.

The Sabres (10-14-3) have also struggled with some injuries, but they snapped a four-game skid with a 3-1 win over the New York Rangers on Tuesday.

Ryan Miller missed that game due to a sinus infection and Jhonas Enroth made 32 saves in his place. Miller may return to the crease Saturday, and Ville Leino is expected to make his long-awaited season debut.

Leino has missed the first 27 games with a hip injury. The winger signed a six-year, $27 million contract with Buffalo before last season but registered only 25 points in 71 games after posting 53 with Philadelphia in 2010-11.

"It's been really annoying, a lot of frustration," Leino told the Sabres' official website. "It's been a tough time but hopefully it pays off now and I'm really excited to get back."

Interim coach Ron Rolston also said there's a "strong possibility" that center Tyler Ennis (head) would return after sitting out one game. Ennis has five goals in his last five games against the Senators.

Rolston, however, also announced Thursday that defenseman Alexander Sulzer is expected to miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn right ACL.

Buffalo has lost five of its last six against Ottawa, including two in regulation this season. The Senators scored all of their goals in a 4-3 win Feb. 5 in the first 28:12, and they didn't need much offense in another home matchup a week later as Anderson made 42 saves in a 2-0 victory.

The Sabres, though, have earned at least one point in five straight home games against Ottawa, going 3-0-2.

Buffalo defenseman Jordan Leopold, who returned from an upper-body injury Tuesday, has four goals and four assists in his last eight games against the Senators. Ottawa's Erik Condra has four goals and two assists in his last five versus Buffalo.

The Senators might get Matt Kassian on the ice for the first time Saturday. The winger was acquired Tuesday from Minnesota.

Last Updated: 6/22/2018 7:43:27 PM EST

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