Sabres try to extended their winning streak to three in Columbus

Buffalo is 2-0-0 in the second game of a back-to-back series this season

Paul Hamilton
October 25, 2017 - 1:15 pm

Photo: Russell LaBounty - USA TODAY Sports


Columbus, OH (WGR 550) - From a point percentage standpoint, the Sabres have done pretty well in their last five games. Buffalo is .700 during that stretch and have passed Montreal, Florida and Boston in the Atlantic Division.

The Sabres trail Detroit by one, Ottawa by four, Toronto by six and first place Tampa Bay by nine.

At .400, the Sabres have lifted themselves to 26th in NHL point percentage ahead of the Panthers, Oilers, Rangers, Canadiens and Coyotes.

Robin Lehner made 32 saves to shutout the Red Wings on Tuesday and that helped Buffalo to its first two-game winning streak of the season.

Phil Housley has asked his team to cut down on the outnumbered situations against them and they did just that on Tuesday, limiting all Grade-A opportunities.

I think Marco Scandella was terrific the last two games. He played over 27 minutes in both and was strong on the battles and in front of his net. He also had nine shots in those two games.

Scandella was in and out of practice all through training camp and never played in a preseason game. It seems like the first seven games were his preseason and he's been going very well.

Taylor Fedun also had a good rebound game against Detroit after struggling in Boston.

There was no morning skate today, so it’s not known if Zemgus Girgensons will be ready to play in Columbus tonight.

Buffalo is 2-0-0 in the second games of back-to-backs this season winning in Anaheim and Boston.

The Sabres killed off both penalties against Detroit and are now 16-of-18 in their last five games. That ranks them 13th in the NHL.

Columbus is 5-3-0 and is ninth in the league at .625.

After winning four straight, the Blue Jackets have lost two in a row. Columbus has scored power play goals in their first and last games. In between, it’s gone 0-for-17.

Sergei Bobrovsky has had an interesting season. He’s 4-2-0 with a 2.16 goals against and .930 save percentage. He has three games of one goal or less, one two-goal game against and two games where have allowed four and five goals.

The Jackets acquired Artemi Panarin in the off-season from Chicago and the Russian winger is their leading scorer. Panarin has one goal and eight assists for nine points in eight games.

Rookie Sonny Milano was the 16th overall pick in the 2014 draft and he has five goals in eight games.

The third overall selection in the 2016 draft, Pierre-Luc Dubois is also up with Columbus.

Join Brian Koziol for the pregame tonight at 7:00 when he’ll be joined by Marco Scandella and Zemgus Girgensons.

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