|11||BUFFALO||+145||Ov 5.5,+110||+140||Ov 5.5,+110|
|12||WINNIPEG||-165||Un 5.5,-130||-160||Un 5.5,-130|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||8-13-0||-1.5||8-13||-1.5||8-11||2.6||26.9||3.0||32.5|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+2.4||3-2||+2.4||2-2||2.8||26.8||2.2||33.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||39||105||27||34||38||6||7||1111||9.5%||140||17||12.1%||173|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||21||54||14||19||19||2||2||565||9.6%||72||8||11.1%||89|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||14||5||5||3||1||1||134||10.4%||16||1||6.2%||22|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||118||27||44||41||6||7||1285||9.2%||152||34||22.4%||189|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||64||16||24||21||3||4||682||9.4%||93||20||21.5%||102|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||11||3||1||6||1||1||165||6.7%||17||3||17.6%||17|
|JHONAS ENROTH (All Games)||7||6||206||187||90.8%||0||2-4||-0.8||2-4-0||-1||3-2|
|JHONAS ENROTH (Road Games)||5||4||135||120||88.9%||0||1-3||-1.2||1-3-0||-1||2-1|
|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)||34||33||1077||985||91.5%||1||14-19||-4.4||14-19-0||-4||16-15|
|RYAN MILLER (Road Games)||18||17||547||502||91.8%||1||7-10||-0.3||7-10-0||0||6-10|
|RYAN MILLER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||127||120||94.5%||0||3-1||+3.4||3-1-0||+3||1-2|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||9-9-0||-1.9||9-9||-1.9||4-14||2.4||27.8||2.7||26.2|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-3.4||1-4||-3.4||2-3||2.0||29.4||3.4||31.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||40||98||24||41||29||4||5||1138||8.6%||119||15||12.6%||167|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||18||43||7||19||15||2||4||500||8.6%||58||8||13.8%||78|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||10||4||6||0||0||0||147||6.8%||15||0||0.0%||19|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||120||39||32||47||2||6||1184||10.1%||120||26||21.7%||201|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||48||15||13||20||0||1||471||10.2%||54||9||16.7%||77|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||17||6||5||6||0||1||157||10.8%||13||3||23.1%||33|
|AL MONTOYA (All Games)||7||5||168||151||89.9%||1||3-2||+1.2||3-2-0||+1||1-4|
|AL MONTOYA (Home Games)||3||2||52||43||82.7%||0||1-1||-0.4||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|AL MONTOYA (Last 4 Games)||4||3||99||89||89.9%||1||1-2||-1.2||1-2-0||-1||0-3|
|ONDREJ PAVALEC (All Games)||36||35||1012||915||90.4%||0||16-19||-2.8||16-19-0||-3||14-20|
|ONDREJ PAVALEC (Home Games)||17||16||418||380||90.9%||0||8-8||-1.5||8-8-0||0||3-13|
|ONDREJ PAVALEC (Last 4 Games)||4||4||128||115||89.8%||0||1-3||-2||1-3-0||-2||2-2|
|Average power rating of opponents played: BUFFALO 3.12, WINNIPEG 3.08|
|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||3-2||W||0, -115||W||5 un||P|
|4/9/2013||at WINNIPEG|| |
|4/14/2013||TAMPA BAY|| |
|4/17/2013||at BOSTON|| |
|4/19/2013||NY RANGERS|| |
|4/20/2013||at PITTSBURGH|| |
|3/14/2013||NY RANGERS||3-1||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||U|
|3/16/2013||at TORONTO||5-4||W||0, +120||W||5.5 ev||O|
|3/17/2013||at OTTAWA||1-4||L||0, +130||L||5 ov||P|
|3/19/2013||BOSTON||3-1||W||0, +135||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/21/2013||WASHINGTON||0-4||L||0, -140||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/22/2013||WASHINGTON||1-6||L||0, -140||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/24/2013||TAMPA BAY||3-2||W||0, -155||W||6 un||U|
|3/26/2013||at CAROLINA||4-1||W||0, +115||W||6 un||U|
|3/28/2013||at PITTSBURGH||0-4||L||0, +170||L||5.5 ov||U|
|3/30/2013||CAROLINA||1-3||L||0, -135||L||5.5 ev||U|
|4/1/2013||at NY RANGERS||2-4||L||0, +135||L||5 ev||O|
|4/2/2013||at NY ISLANDERS||2-5||L||0, +105||L||5.5 un||O|
|4/4/2013||at MONTREAL||1-4||L||0, +130||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/6/2013||PHILADELPHIA||4-1||W||0, -115||W||5.5 ov||U|
|4/16/2013||TAMPA BAY|| |
|4/20/2013||NY ISLANDERS|| |
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: 37-35-10, 84 points. Missed playoffs by finishing 10th in Eastern Conference.
COACH: Claude Noel, 2nd season with Jets, 37-35-10; 3rd overall, 47-43-16 in NHL.
ADDED: C Olli Jokinen, LW Alexei Ponikarovsky, G Al Montoya.
LOST: G Chris Mason, LW Tanner Glass, RW Tim Stapleton, D Mark Flood.
PLAYER TO WATCH: After nearly making the team out of training camp last season, 19-year-old center Mark Scheifele is eager for another shot this year. He's a dependable two-way forward who's enjoyed a solid first half of the season playing for Barrie of the Ontario Hockey League.
OUTLOOK: Will the honeymoon of the NHL's return to Winnipeg be over after last season? The former Atlanta Thrashers are still stuck in what's becoming a tough Southeast Division. And until the NHL realigns its divisions, the Jets are still stuck with a grueling travel schedule that could wear them down in a tightly packed 48-game schedule.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (BUFFALO-WINNIPEG) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Sabres-Jets Preview* =====================
By TOM CASTRO STATS Senior Editor
Buffalo (16-17-6) at Winnipeg (19-19-2), 8:00 p.m. EDT
It may not be too late for the Buffalo Sabres, whose three-game winning streak has them unexpectedly thinking about making the playoffs.
The Winnipeg Jets are doing the same after finally stopping a long losing streak that has threatened to sink their season.
The Sabres look to continue their roll and end a four-game skid against the Jets as they visit Winnipeg on Tuesday night in a crucial matchup for both teams.
Though Buffalo (16-17-6) appeared headed for a second straight season without a playoff appearance after a four-game losing streak - and the trading away of top players Jason Pominville, Robyn Regehr and Jordan Leopold before the deadline - the Sabres are surprisingly making a late push. The three consecutive victories have them in 11th place in the Eastern Conference, just four points out of eighth.
The Sabres defeated New Jersey 3-2 in a shootout Sunday, picking up the critical extra point when the Devils failed to score on any of their three attempts in the tiebreaker against Ryan Miller. Buffalo's goalie stopped 37 shots through overtime and three more in the shootout, including a victory-clinching glove save on Travis Zajac.
"We survived and got two points. Not pretty, but it's two," Miller said. "When you win hockey games, there's a certain belief. And we're just trying to do it one game at a time."
Steve Ott extended his goal streak to three games for Buffalo, which won despite getting outshot 18-8 through 32 minutes and 39-26 overall.
"We're a resilient group," said forward Patrick Kaleta, who opened the scoring in the first period and also provided several big hits. "We're taking it game by game right now. It's a whole new season."
The Jets are hoping a 4-1 win over Philadelphia on Saturday signals the same for them. Winnipeg (19-19-2) had lost five in a row to drop out of first place in the Southeast Division before stopping the slide with a desperate effort.
"They played like they wanted it the last 40 minutes," Flyers forward Scott Hartnell said.
The Jets scored four times in a 6:28 span of the second period after being outshot 13-4 in the first, and Ondrej Pavelec was outstanding with 30 saves after allowing 15 goals in his previous four starts. Winnipeg was outscored 21-10 during its losing streak, but got its six-game homestand off to a strong start.
"Our top players have to be hot and get our team going, and I thought we did a good job of that," said forward Evander Kane, who snapped a five-game goal drought and added an assist. "We had to win this game to give ourselves a shot to even make the playoffs. Our season is on the line right now."
Andrew Ladd, tied with Kane and Blake Wheeler for the team lead with 14 goals, has gone 13 games without one. However, he's recorded a goal in each of his last three matchups with the Sabres.
Wheeler is mired in a 10-game goal drought.
Ladd and his teammates have given the Sabres plenty of problems of late, allowing one goal in each of their four consecutive victories in the series - all with Pavelec in net. Winnipeg took the first matchup of the season 2-1 at Buffalo on Feb. 29 behind Pavelec's 29 saves.
After this contest, the Jets' next three games on the homestand are against the bottom three teams in the East - division rivals Florida, Tampa Bay and Carolina.
|Last Updated: 12/20/2014 12:27:50 AM EST|