The Sabres look to get back on the winning track in Los Angeles

Buffalo took its only regulation loss of the season in Anaheim on Wednesday

Paul Hamilton
October 17, 2019 - 4:11 pm

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(WGR 550) - Thanks to a 2-for-16 power play slump that started halfway through the Montreal game, the Sabres no longer have the top power play in the NHL. Edmonton leads at 45.5%, while Buffalo is now second at 35.7%.

On Wednesday, the Sabres faced a power play that operates at 5.5% efficiency and gave up a goal to the Ducks. The Kings aren't much better at 9.5%.

In Wednesday’s 5-2 loss in Anaheim, the Sabres had numerous chances to get back into the game with the extra man, but we’re very disorganized and went 1-for-7.

The Sabres are now fourth in the NHL with a points percentage of .786. Colorado leads at .917, followed by Edmonton at .857 and Boston at .833.

Los Angeles is 27th in the NHL with a points percentage of .333.

Since Linus Ullmark got the call in Anaheim, I would suspect that Carter Hutton plays against the Kings. Hutton notched his first shutout with the Sabres on Monday afternoon beating Dallas 4-0. This season, Hutton is 4-0-0 this season with a 1.74 goals-against and .931 save percentage.

I think it was a huge mistake not using Hutton on Wednesday coming off a shutout. The other reason is Ullmark has won all three games he’s played against the Kings.

We won’t know for sure if it’s Hutton or if there will be any lineup changes until 9:00.

Jack Eichel has 10 points this season, which has him seventh in league scoring. Connor McDavid is putting up numbers that you would see in midget hockey as he has 17 points in seven games played.

Victor Olofsson leads the NHL with six power play goals, and his six goals overall has him third in the league.

Jonathan Quick is having a horrible season, so it’s Jack Campbell in net for the Kings. He’s 2-1-0 with a 2.68 goals-against and .904 save percentage.

Captain Anze Kopitar is the Kings' leading scorer with eight points in six games. Ilya Kovalchuk did not have a good season in his return to the NHL, but this year he has two goals and four assists.

Los Angeles has only scored two goals in its last two games and have lost three of four.

They’ve gone four straight games without a power play goal and have allowed one in three of their last four games.

Join Brian Koziol for the pre-game show starting at 9:30.

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