|9||NEW JERSEY||+100||Ov 5,-130||+100||Ov 5,-110|
|10||BUFFALO||-120||Un 5,+110||-120||Un 5,-110|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||5-14-0||-9.4||5-14||-9.4||8-7||2.1||27.8||3.0||24.1|
|Last 5 Games||0-5-0||-5.6||0-5||-5.6||1-3||1.6||28.8||2.8||24.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||38||90||21||34||32||3||4||1063||8.5%||137||23||16.8%||140|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||19||40||4||19||17||0||1||528||7.6%||64||10||15.6%||61|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||8||1||4||3||0||0||144||5.6%||16||2||12.5%||11|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||103||24||29||41||9||10||923||11.2%||135||25||18.5%||166|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||57||9||16||25||7||7||457||12.5%||68||14||20.6%||93|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||14||4||3||5||2||1||120||11.7%||14||2||14.3%||24|
|MARTIN BRODEUR (All Games)||21||21||508||461||90.7%||2||10-11||-3.6||10-11-0||-2||7-10|
|MARTIN BRODEUR (Road Games)||9||9||213||190||89.2%||1||3-6||-3.2||3-6-0||-3||3-2|
|MARTIN BRODEUR (Last 4 Games)||4||4||95||86||90.5%||1||0-4||-4.6||0-4-0||-4||0-3|
|JEFF FRAZEE (All Games)||1||0||3||3||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JEFF FRAZEE (Road Games)||1||0||3||3||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JOHAN HEDBERG (All Games)||17||17||396||351||88.6%||0||5-12||-8.4||5-12-0||-8||8-7|
|JOHAN HEDBERG (Road Games)||10||10||239||212||88.7%||0||2-8||-6.2||2-8-0||-6||5-5|
|JOHAN HEDBERG (Last 4 Games)||4||4||91||83||91.2%||0||1-3||-2.2||1-3-0||-2||1-2|
|KEITH KINKAID (All Games)||1||0||13||12||92.3%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|KEITH KINKAID (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|KEITH KINKAID (Last 4 Games)||1||0||13||12||92.3%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||7-10-0||-4.8||7-10||-4.8||11-6||2.8||30.6||3.1||33.2|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||+0.2||2-3||+0.2||3-2||3.0||29.6||2.8||33.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||38||102||26||33||38||5||6||1085||9.4%||137||17||12.4%||170|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||17||48||12||14||19||3||4||520||9.2%||65||9||13.8%||81|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||4||7||4||0||0||148||10.1%||17||2||11.8%||26|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||116||26||44||40||6||7||1246||9.3%||147||33||22.4%||187|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||52||10||20||19||3||3||564||9.2%||54||13||24.1%||85|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||14||3||2||7||2||2||166||8.4%||17||4||23.5%||22|
|JHONAS ENROTH (All Games)||7||6||206||187||90.8%||0||2-4||-0.8||2-4-0||-1||3-2|
|JHONAS ENROTH (Home Games)||2||2||71||67||94.4%||0||1-1||+0.4||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|JHONAS ENROTH (Last 4 Games)||4||4||134||126||94.0%||0||2-2||+1.2||2-2-0||+1||1-2|
|RYAN MILLER (All Games)||33||32||1038||948||91.3%||1||13-19||-5.4||13-19-0||-5||16-15|
|RYAN MILLER (Home Games)||15||15||491||446||90.8%||0||6-9||-5.1||6-9-0||-5||10-5|
|RYAN MILLER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||128||119||93.0%||0||2-2||+1.2||2-2-0||+1||2-2|
|Average power rating of opponents played: NEW JERSEY 3.09, BUFFALO 3.13|
|3/13/2013||PHILADELPHIA||5-2||W||0, -115||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/15/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||1-2||L||0, +140||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/16/2013||MONTREAL||1-2||L||0, +120||L||5 ov||U|
|3/19/2013||NY RANGERS||2-3||L||0, -120||L||5 un||P|
|3/21/2013||at CAROLINA||4-1||W||0, +100||W||5 ov||P|
|3/23/2013||FLORIDA||2-1||W||0, -200||W||5 ov||U|
|3/25/2013||at OTTAWA||2-3||L||0, +120||L||5 un||P|
|3/29/2013||at TAMPA BAY||4-5||L||0, +105||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/30/2013||at FLORIDA||2-3||L||0, -110||L||5 ov||P|
|4/1/2013||NY ISLANDERS||1-3||L||0, -115||L||5 ov||U|
|4/4/2013||at BOSTON||0-1||L||0, +160||L||5 un||U|
|4/6/2013||TORONTO||1-2||L||0, -130||L||5 ov||U|
|4/7/2013||at BUFFALO|| |
|4/15/2013||at TORONTO|| |
|4/18/2013||at PHILADELPHIA|| |
|3/12/2013||NY RANGERS||3-1||W||0, +135||W||5 ov||U|
|3/16/2013||OTTAWA||3-4||L||0, -130||L||5 ov||O|
|3/17/2013||at WASHINGTON||3-5||L||0, +115||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/19/2013||at MONTREAL||3-2||W||0, +180||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/21/2013||TORONTO||5-4||W||0, -110||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/23/2013||at MONTREAL||2-1||W||0, +170||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/26/2013||at TAMPA BAY||1-2||L||0, +105||L||5.5 ov||U|
|3/28/2013||at FLORIDA||4-5||L||0, -110||L||5 ov||O|
|3/30/2013||WASHINGTON||3-4||L||0, +100||L||5 ov||O|
|3/31/2013||BOSTON||0-2||L||0, +145||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/2/2013||at PITTSBURGH||4-1||W||0, +220||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/5/2013||OTTAWA||4-2||W||0, +115||W||5 ov||O|
|4/7/2013||NEW JERSEY|| |
|4/9/2013||at WINNIPEG|| |
|4/14/2013||TAMPA BAY|| |
|4/17/2013||at BOSTON|| |
|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 JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
New Jersey (15-13-9) at Buffalo (15-17-6), 7:30 p.m. EDT
The Buffalo Sabres continue to try to inch their way toward what would be an unexpected playoff berth.
The New Jersey Devils, meanwhile, are caught in an ugly spiral that could cause them to miss the postseason for only the second time in 16 seasons.
Buffalo aims for its third straight victory on Sunday night as it hosts New Jersey, which is trying to end a six-game losing streak.
The Sabres (15-17-6) sit in 12th place in the East, six points back of the Islanders for the conference's eighth and final playoff spot. But they've won their last two, ending the Penguins' 15-game winning streak Tuesday and knocking off the sixth-place Senators 4-2 on Friday with a three-goal third period.
Buffalo netted four regulation goals in each, the first time the club has done so in back-to-back games. The win over the Senators was the Sabres' first game without former captain Jason Pominville, who was traded to Minnesota on Wednesday.
Thomas Vanek also missed a fifth straight game due to an upper-body injury, and he isn't expected to return Sunday.
The Sabres had also recently traded veteran defensemen Jordan Leopold and Robyn Regehr, sending a signal to some that the team was preferring to load up for the future rather than chase a playoff spot.
"Hah, there's no memo," said Steve Ott, who scored on Friday for the second straight game after totaling two goals in his previous 20. "There's no indication of that even being said in this room. We really want to fight. There's a lot to play for in this dressing room, and we've got 10 games left to prove that."
The Devils (15-14-9) occupy 10th place in the East and are fading fast with their second six-game skid of the season. They haven't won since Ilya Kovalchuk went down with a shoulder injury March 23 against Florida, and there's still no timetable for his return - though coach Pete DeBoer said Saturday he's getting closer.
New Jersey has 10 goals in the six games Kovalchuk has missed and has scored twice on 17 power-play opportunities. Only Columbus has scored fewer goals than the Devils' 88 this season.
"There is some frustration in not winning," DeBoer said after Saturday's 2-1 home loss to Toronto. "Whether we win 1-0 or 2-1, we have to find ways to win games. That's the bottom line and that's where the frustration lies. The solution has to come from within the room."
New Jersey has made it to the playoffs every season but 2010-11 since missing out in 1995-96.
Patrick Elias has recorded nine points in his last eight games against Buffalo, while Martin Brodeur owns a 1.09 goals-against average and two shutouts over his last nine starts against the Sabres.
Buffalo's Ryan Miller, who is 5-2-1 with a 1.58 GAA in his last eight starts against New Jersey, passed Dominik Hasek on Friday for the franchise lead with 13,309 career saves.
The teams split two earlier meetings this year, with each winning at home in a shootout.
|Last Updated: 12/19/2014 7:59:04 AM EST|