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NHL : ATS Matchup
Friday 4/5/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



OTTAWA (19-11-0-6, 44 pts.) at BUFFALO (14-17-0-6, 34 pts.)
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Friday, 4/5/2013 7:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
5OTTAWA-115Ov 5,-125-115Ov 5,-125
6BUFFALO-105Un 5,+105-105Un 5,+105
OTTAWA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games19-17-0+2.519-17+2.59-202.532.52.233.1
Team Stats (Road Games)6-11-0-3.56-11-3.56-92.434.32.734.5
Last 5 Games3-2-0+0.73-2+0.71-22.630.62.432.6
vs. Division6-9-0-3.16-9-3.15-72.332.42.534.9
OTTAWA Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)36912533285811717.8%1092119.3%153
Team Stats (Road Games)174181615235837.0%531018.9%69
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)513624131538.5%13215.4%23
Team Stats (vs. Division)153410157214867.0%46817.4%59
Stats Against (All Games) 792818276611936.6%1311410.7%131
Stats Against (Road Games) 46201112345877.8%68811.8%76
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 12327001637.4%1715.9%19
Stats Against (vs. Division) 3815911335237.3%53713.2%62
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
ROBIN LEHNER (All Games)9933331394.0%03-6-2.63-6-0-32-3
ROBIN LEHNER (Road Games)5521119994.3%01-4-2.61-4-0-31-2
ROBIN LEHNER (vs. Division)5520519394.1%00-5-50-5-0-51-2
ROBIN LEHNER (Last 4 Games)4413712893.4%02-202-2-001-1

BUFFALO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games14-23-0-7.414-23-7.418-172.628.53.132.7
Team Stats (Home Games)6-10-0-5.96-10-5.910-62.730.63.132.9
Last 5 Games1-4-0-1.91-4-1.92-32.426.42.830.4
vs. Division7-8-0+0.57-8+0.58-72.729.43.133.3
BUFFALO Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)37982533355610559.3%1351712.6%162
Team Stats (Home Games)1644111416344909.0%63914.3%73
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)512372001329.1%19210.5%20
Team Stats (vs. Division)1540111214334419.1%56610.7%65
Stats Against (All Games) 1142544396712099.4%1433323.1%183
Stats Against (Home Games) 5092018335279.5%501326.0%81
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 14336221529.2%18527.8%21
Stats Against (vs. Division) 4692114214999.2%591322.0%80
BUFFALO - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
JHONAS ENROTH (All Games)7620618790.8%02-4-0.82-4-0-13-2
JHONAS ENROTH (Home Games)22716794.4%01-1+0.41-1-001-1
JHONAS ENROTH (vs. Division)32696188.4%01-1+0.81-1-0+11-1
JHONAS ENROTH (Last 4 Games)4413412694.0%02-2+1.22-2-0+11-2
RYAN MILLER (All Games)3231100191391.2%112-19-6.512-19-0-615-15
RYAN MILLER (Home Games)141445441190.5%05-9-6.25-9-0-69-5
RYAN MILLER (vs. Division)131342939291.4%16-7-0.36-7-007-6
RYAN MILLER (Last 4 Games)4411410592.1%01-3-0.91-3-0-11-3
Average power rating of opponents played: OTTAWA 3.07,  BUFFALO 3.15
OTTAWA - Schedule
3/11/2013BOSTON2-3L0, +150L5 ovP
3/13/2013at MONTREAL3-4L0, +160L5 unO
3/16/2013at BUFFALO4-3W0, +110W5 ovO
3/17/2013WINNIPEG4-1W0, -150W5 ovP
3/19/2013at NY ISLANDERS5-3W0, +115W5.5 unO
3/21/2013BOSTON1-2L0, +130L5 ovU
3/23/2013TAMPA BAY5-3W0, -135W5.5 unO
3/25/2013NEW JERSEY3-2W0, -140W5 unP
3/28/2013NY RANGERS3-0W0, +100W5 unU
3/30/2013TORONTO0-4L0, -130L5.5 unU
4/2/2013at BOSTON2-3L0, +155L5 evP
4/5/2013at BUFFALO 
4/7/2013at FLORIDA 
4/9/2013at TAMPA BAY 
4/11/2013at PHILADELPHIA 
4/12/2013at NEW JERSEY 
4/15/2013at BOSTON 

BUFFALO - Schedule
3/10/2013at PHILADELPHIA2-3L0, +120L5.5 evU
3/12/2013NY RANGERS3-1W0, +135W5 ovU
3/16/2013OTTAWA3-4L0, -130L5 ovO
3/17/2013at WASHINGTON3-5L0, +115L5.5 unO
3/19/2013at MONTREAL3-2W0, +180W5.5 unU
3/21/2013TORONTO5-4W0, -110W5.5 unO
3/23/2013at MONTREAL2-1W0, +170W5.5 unU
3/26/2013at TAMPA BAY1-2L0, +105L5.5 ovU
3/28/2013at FLORIDA4-5L0, -110L5 ovO
3/30/2013WASHINGTON3-4L0, +100L5 ovO
3/31/2013BOSTON0-2L0, +145L5.5 unU
4/2/2013at PITTSBURGH4-1W0, +220W5.5 unU
4/7/2013NEW JERSEY 
4/9/2013at WINNIPEG 
4/14/2013TAMPA 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) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

(CORRECTS date of Anderson's injury in fourth graf.)

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


Ottawa (19-11-6) at Buffalo (14-17-6), 7:00 p.m. EDT

The Ottawa Senators were buyers at the trade deadline, dealing from strength to bolster a rotation of forwards still thin due to injuries.

The Buffalo Sabres were sellers, continuing the early stages of what appears to be a rebuilding phase.

The Northeast Division rivals meet Friday night in Buffalo, where the Senators will get their first look at newly acquired rookie Cory Conacher against a Sabres squad moving on from dealing Jason Pominville.

Despite No. 1 goaltender Craig Anderson suffering a sprained ankle Feb. 21, the Senators (19-11-6) were able to hold their ground in the playoff race behind Ben Bishop and AHL call-up Robin Lehner. Anderson is now healthy enough to play, though coach Paul MacLean did not name a starter for this game after practice Thursday even though Bishop is gone from the roster.

The Senators, still missing top forwards Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek due to injuries, dealt Bishop to Tampa Bay on Wednesday for Conacher and a fourth-round pick in 2013.

"I'm a guy who likes to be first on the puck and in the corners and dig for loose pucks and create turnovers and finish checks and skate hard and back check hard and be responsible on the ice," Conacher told the team's official website. "I think Ottawa is a team that's working on a lot of those things and they have a lot of players who do those things which will be a good fit for me."

Conacher's 24 points trail only Florida's Jonathan Huberdeau among all rookies and are two more than anyone on Ottawa. MacLean put Conacher on a line with fellow rookies Jakob Silfverberg and Mika Zibanejad in Thursday's practice, teaming together three of the league's top 13 first-year scorers.

"We're trying to find the best place for him to have success early," MacLean said. "He's been good on the power play and that's something we need as well."

The Senators opened a seven-game road trip Tuesday with a 3-2 loss at Boston in a rare free-wheeling game that was also normal in it being decided by one goal. Lehner made a career-high 47 saves as Ottawa fell to 9-7-6 in one-goal games.

The game was "way too wide open for us" in the first period, forward Erik Condra said after his team matched a season high with 47 shots. "After that it was a good game both ways. We struggled in the first and just never got it back."

Buffalo (14-17-6) is last in the Northeast, 10 points behind Ottawa, and general manager Darcy Regier has been retooling his roster. Wednesday's move may have been the biggest, shipping captain Jason Pominville and a 2014 draft pick to Minnesota for prospects Johan Larsson and Matt Hackett plus two draft picks.

"It's going to involve rolling back a little bit organizationally," said Regier, who had previously dealt defensemen Robyn Regehr and Jordan Leopold for picks. "Acquire the assets, the players, the draft picks and do it in a way that's going to allow us to group enough young players together, or players together, in order to win a championship."

The Sabres snapped a four-game losing streak - and Pittsburgh's 15-game win streak - with a 4-1 road victory Tuesday behind two goals from Kevin Porter.

Ottawa has won all three games between the teams this season, and Kyle Turris' power-play goal with 1:06 left in overtime provided a 4-3 victory at Buffalo in the most recent meeting March 16. Anderson had a season-high 42 saves in a 2-0 victory Feb. 12, his fifth straight win over the Sabres.

Last Updated: 4/19/2018 11:37:29 PM EST

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