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NHL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 10/18/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore



BUFFALO (3-3-0-0, 6 pts.) at SAN JOSE (2-3-0-1, 5 pts.)
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Thursday, 10/18/2018 10:35 PM
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15BUFFALO+190Ov 5.5,-125+200Ov 5.5,-120
16SAN JOSE-230Un 5.5,+105-240Un 5.5,+100
BUFFALO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games3-3-0+0.73-3+0.72-
Team Stats (Road Games)1-1-0+0.41-1+0.40-
Last 5 Games3-2-0+1.73-2+1.72-32.425.42.635.2
BUFFALO Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)612453011597.5%24416.7%20
Team Stats (Road Games)2420200508.0%9111.1%7
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)512453011279.4%22418.2%20
Stats Against (All Games) 17647022028.4%16425.0%24
Stats Against (Road Games) 411201656.2%6116.7%4
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 13436011767.4%15320.0%17
BUFFALO - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
CARTER HUTTON (All Games)5516414990.9%02-3-0.72-3-0-12-3
CARTER HUTTON (Road Games)11282589.3%00-1-10-1-0-10-1
CARTER HUTTON(vs. Non-Conference)33958488.4%01-2-0.71-2-0-12-1
CARTER HUTTON (Last 4 Games)4413912791.4%02-2+0.32-2-002-2
LINUS ULLMARK (All Games)113636100.0%01-0+1.41-0-0+10-1
LINUS ULLMARK (Road Games)113636100.0%01-0+1.41-0-0+10-1
LINUS ULLMARK(vs. Non-Conference)113636100.0%01-0+1.41-0-0+10-1
LINUS ULLMARK (Last 4 Games)113636100.0%01-0+1.41-0-0+10-1

SAN JOSE - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games2-4-0-4.22-4-4.22-42.838.53.227.0
Team Stats (Home Games)0-1-0-1.90-1-1.91-
Last 5 Games2-3-0-2.32-3-2.31-
SAN JOSE Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)617853102317.4%2129.5%27
Team Stats (Home Games)1211000336.1%300.0%1
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)515743101987.6%18211.1%26
Stats Against (All Games) 1935101216211.7%28621.4%33
Stats Against (Home Games) 5113011533.3%3266.7%10
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 14247111479.5%25416.0%23
SAN JOSE - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
AARON DELL (All Games)22605591.7%01-1-0.41-1-001-1
AARON DELL (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
AARON DELL(vs. Non-Conference)22605591.7%01-1-0.41-1-001-1
AARON DELL (Last 4 Games)22605591.7%01-1-0.41-1-001-1
MARTIN JONES (All Games)441008888.0%11-3-3.81-3-0-41-3
MARTIN JONES (Home Games)11141071.4%00-1-1.90-1-0-21-0
MARTIN JONES(vs. Non-Conference)22655990.8%10-2-2.90-2-0-30-2
MARTIN JONES (Last 4 Games)441008888.0%11-3-3.81-3-0-41-3
Average power rating of opponents played: BUFFALO 3.28,  SAN JOSE 3.04
BUFFALO - Schedule
10/4/2018BOSTON0-4L0, +130L6 unU
10/6/2018NY RANGERS3-1W0, -135W6 unU
10/8/2018VEGAS4-2W0, +130W5.5 ovO
10/11/2018COLORADO1-6L0, +100L6 unO
10/13/2018at ARIZONA3-0W0, +140W5.5 unU
10/16/2018at VEGAS1-4L0, +175L5.5 evU
10/18/2018at SAN JOSE 
10/20/2018at LOS ANGELES 
10/21/2018at ANAHEIM 
10/27/2018at COLUMBUS 

SAN JOSE - Schedule
10/3/2018ANAHEIM2-5L0, -190L5.5 unO
10/5/2018at LOS ANGELES3-2W0, -125W5.5 unU
10/8/2018at NY ISLANDERS0-4L0, -175L6 evU
10/9/2018at PHILADELPHIA8-2W0, +105W6 unO
10/11/2018at NY RANGERS2-3L0, -150L6 evU
10/14/2018at NEW JERSEY2-3L0, -115L6 unU
10/20/2018NY ISLANDERS 
10/23/2018at NASHVILLE 
10/26/2018at CAROLINA 
10/28/2018at ANAHEIM 
BUFFALO: LAST SEASON: 25-45-12, 62 points. Finished last in NHL standings for third time in five years.
COACH: Phil Housley (second season, second NHL season).
ADDED: LW Jeff Skinner, LW Conor Sheary, C Tage Thompson, C Patrik Berglund, C Vladimir Sobotka, rookie D Rasmus Dahlin, D Matt Hunwick, D Lawrence Pilut, G Carter Hutton.
LOST: C Ryan O'Reilly, G Robin Lehner, LW Benoit Pouliot, D Victor Antipin, D Josh Gorges, C Jordan Nolan, G Chad Johnson.
PLAYER TO WATCH: All eyes will be on Dahlin, the 18-year-old Swedish-born smooth-skating, play-making defenseman selected with the first pick in the draft. Dahlin has such potential, Hockey Hall of Fame
COACH and nine-time Stanley Cup-winner Scotty Bowman says the youngster has the potential to become the best defenseman in Sabres history. Dahlin has already roused a fan base, which jammed the Sabres 1,800-seat practice facility to see him perform during the team's rookie camp in June and a four-team prospects tournament earlier this month.
OUTLOOK: The Sabres can't get much worse than the over-priced and under-achieving squad that won three straight games just once, and endured losing streaks of four or more games seven times last season. Things became so grim, O'Reilly in April revealed he
LOST his passion for playing at times, and a losing mentality crept into the locker room. O'Reilly was traded to St. Louis in one of numerous moves GM Jason Botterill made to overhaul a roster that will feature anywhere between nine and 12 players not in the season-opening lineup a year ago. The question is how long it will take for the newcomers to find chemistry.
SAN JOSE: LAST SEASON: 45-27-10, 100 points. Third place in Pacific Division.
LOST to Vegas Golden Knights in Western Conference semifinals.
COACH: Peter DeBoer (fourth season, 11th NHL season).
ADDED: D Erik Karlsson, F Antti Suomela, F Rourke Chartier.
LOST: F Chris Tierney, D Dylan DeMelo, F Mikkel Boedker, F Eric Fehr, F Joel Ward, F Jannik Hansen, D Paul Martin.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Karlsson. The Sharks
ADDED the two-time Norris Trophy-winning defenseman on the eve of training camp in a blockbuster move. Karlsson is an elite playmaker and defenseman and should provide a major boost to San Jose on the power play, as well as five-on-five play.
OUTLOOK: Ever since acquiring Joe Thornton in general manager Doug Wilson's first blockbuster trade back in 2005, the Sharks have viewed themselves as Stanley Cup contenders almost every season. That is clearly the case this year after adding Karlsson to a defensive unit that already featured 2016 Norris winner Brent Burns and shut-down defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic. The Sharks are potentially thin at center and will need a healthy season from Thornton at age 39 after two straight years with major knee injuries in order to challenge for the Cup.
Sharks return home to take on Sabres

Through the early part of the season, the San Jose Sharks have had a hard time holding leads and closing out opponents.

After a disappointing road trip, San Jose looks to reverse those trends on Thursday night against the Buffalo Sabres.

The Sharks are back at SAP Center after dropping three of five, capped by a 3-2 setback to the New Jersey Devils on Sunday. In three losses, San Jose (2-3-1) either let leads slip away or failed to capitalize before a contest was out of reach.

"We're not scoring enough and not getting enough saves; it's a bad combination," coach Peter DeBoer said after the game in New Jersey.

The Sharks surrendered three third-period goals in a 4-0 loss to the New York Islanders on Oct. 8. Three nights later, San Jose yielded the tying goal in the third before falling in overtime to the New York Rangers. DeBoer's club then gave up two goals in the final 20 minutes of the loss to the Devils.

In the opening game of the trip on Oct. 5, the Sharks wasted an early two-goal lead before beating the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 in overtime.

But San Jose's struggles go beyond end results. One facet of the club's special teams unit is struggling while another is flourishing. The Sharks are 2 for 21 with the man advantage, but also has three short-handed goals this season. The club registered eight such tallies in 2017-18.

"We have to find a way to get another goal a night, and part of that is power play and part of that is 5-on-5," said DeBoer. "We have to find a way to get another save a night. Part of that is defending a little tighter and part of that is getting another save."

One player off to a solid start is San Jose winger Evander Kane, and he's scheduled to face the team that traded him away last winter for the first time.

Selected fourth overall in the 2009 NHL Draft, Kane never lived up to high expectations in nine-plus seasons with three clubs before being dealt to the Sharks in February.

But Kane provided an immediate boost for San Jose. In 17 games, he collected nine goals -- including a career-high four against the Calgary Flames on March 16. In his first playoff action, the 27-year-old notched four goals in nine contests, but the Sharks lost in the second round to the expansion Vegas Golden Knights in six games.

Kane, who signed a seven-year contract extension in May, leads the Sharks with four goals and is tied with Kevin Labanc for the team lead with five points.

Buffalo has split the first two games of a five-game swing after falling 4-1 to Vegas on Tuesday. Vladimir Sobotka scored in the final minute to help the Sabres avoid being blanked for the second time this season.

"We've got to make sure our execution has to be ready when the puck drops," coach Phil Housley told the Buffalo News. "Not 10 minutes into the game or at the end of the first period."

Even with the loss, Buffalo is 6-1-1 in its last eight road games against Pacific Division foes. However, the Sharks swept both meetings in 2017-18 and are looking for their fourth straight win in the series.

Sobotka, who is playing with his first Eastern Conference team after nine seasons with the St. Louis Blues, has eight points in his last eight matchups versus the Sharks. The native of the Czech Republic registered the only hat trick of his NHL career on March 9, 2013, in San Jose.

While Carter Hutton has struggled with nine goals allowed in his last two games, the Sabres' new starting netminder could be poised for a bounce-back game. Hutton is 4-1-1 with a 1.32 goals-against average and .955 save percentage in his career against San Jose.

Linus Ullmark, who earned his first NHL shutout last Saturday by making 36 saves in a 3-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes, has never faced the Sharks.

Last Updated: 4/19/2019 5:26:53 AM EST

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