The Sabres in another back-to-back

Buffalo's in Columbus

Paul Hamilton
March 28, 2017 - 12:56 pm

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Columbus, OH (WGR 550) - With a game in Buffalo on Monday night, the Sabres did not have a morning skate today in Columbus.

The two teams have already played twice this month. Columbus won here 4-3, but the Sabres came from behind and won in Buffalo 5-3.

Jack Eichel had two assists in the win over Florida and has 34 points in his last 26 games.

Ryan O’Reilly has five points in five games and six goals and seven assists for 13 points in his last 14 games.

Robin Lehner played last night and even stopped a penalty shot. His save percentage in his last six games is .941. He’s only been able to win three of those games.

With the pressure of the playoff race off, the Sabres have won four of five games. They’ve actually won two straight on the road.

In the last two games the NHL’s best power play has gone 4-for-5 while the penalty kill went 5-for-6.

They’ve cut down the shots against lately, but they’re still giving up too many. In the last six games it’s been 32, 34, 34, 35, 40 and 36.

The Sabres are 8-6-3 in the first game of back-to-back games and are 6-9-1 on the back end.

The Blue Jackets have just one win in three games, but still have the NHL’s second best point percentage at .696. The top three teams in the NHL are in the Metropolitan Division in Washington, the Jackets and Pittsburgh. The Rangers are 6th.  

That all puts Columbus in a crazy position. Right now they are tied with the Penguins in points, three in back of Washington. If the playoffs started today, they would open at home against the Pens and then likely have to face the Caps.  

Columbus hasn’t scored a power play goal in six games, but went 2-for-3 in the game here on the 10th.

The Blue Jackets have also given up a lot of shots lately. Against Philadelphia it was 36, against Washington it was 45, versus Toronto it was 32 and against New Jersey it was 36.

Sergei Bobrovsky is coming off a 36 save shutout of the Flyers. He’s 40-13-5 with a 1.99 goals against and .934 save percentage. He has only allowed three goals in his last four starts.

Nick Foligno scored in both games against Buffalo, but hasn’t netted a goal since. He has 24 on the season.

Join Schopp and the Bulldog at 6:00 for the pregame when they’ll be joined by Dan Bylsma and two players.

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