The Sabres try to snap many streaks in Los Angeles

Jordan Nolan faces his old team for the first time on Saturday

Paul Hamilton
October 14, 2017 - 4:20 pm

Photo: Stan Szeto - USA TODAY Sports


Los Angeles, CA (WGR 550) - It’s been years since the Sabres have had a decent October and this season is no different. Buffalo has started 0-3-1, and got some bad news at the morning skate on Saturday. Kyle Okposo is still sick and won’t play against the Kings. Phil Housley said it’s an illness and has nothing to do with his serious situation over the summer. He is still a possibility Sunday in Anaheim.

Matt Moulson will slide in and play right wing with Ryan O’Reilly and Evander Kane. Victor Antipin is the healthy scratch.

Buffalo hasn’t won in Los Angeles since 2003 and has been shutout 2-0 in four straight games here. Craig Rivet scored the last Buffalo goal here back in 2010. In the last 14 games in L.A., the Kings have gone 11-2-1 against the Sabres.

The last time Buffalo beat the Kings on the road was 2011 in Berlin, Germany,

Robin Lehner starts in goal. He’s 0-2-1 with a 3.18 goals against and .901 save percentage.

Jack Eichel has started the season with five points in four games. That is a 103 point pace.

Evander Kane has six points in four games, while Jason Pominville has five in four games.

The Kings come in with a 2-0-1 record. Jonathan Quick played in all three games. He has a 1.66 goals against and ,948 save percentage. In eight career games against Buffalo, Quick is 5-1-0 with a 1.22 goals against and .944 save percentage.

Western New York’s Alex Iafallo has one assist and is plus five in his first three NHL games.

Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown are coming off bad seasons, but both have started off hot. Both have five points in three games.

Jordan Nolan has only played two games with the Sabres and he’s already back to play his old team. Nolan said, “It will probably be a little bit different, but I’m happy to be in Buffalo.”

Los Angeles is now coached by John Stevens. Nolan went through training camp with him and he said, “I think the structure is pretty much the same. I think he let the guys move a little more freely in the offensive zone.”

When Nolan got to Buffalo he said Stevens made it clear that he didn’t fit in with the Kings anymore. Nolan said he will play tonight with a chip on his shoulder, “Definitely, they didn’t want me anymore and I think anytime a team doesn’t want you, you want to prove them wrong and show them what they’re missing out on.”

Join Brian Koziol for the pregame at 9:30 when he’ll be joined by Phil Housley, Jordan Nolan and Zemgus Girgensons.

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