The Sabres try to win their rematch with Calgary

Buffalo has started to score goals again

Paul Hamilton
December 05, 2019 - 11:31 am

Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig - USA TODAY Sports


(WGR 550) - The Sabres have gotten things straightened around lately, going 3-1-2. Buffalo is in Calgary on Thursday, and one of the two overtime losses came to the Flames.

Johan Larsson thought that despite getting only one point, they played well against the Flames, “I thought we had a pretty solid game against them. We could’ve won it. We had a couple of chances there, but they’re a good team. They’re pretty deep, and they’ve got a good top line, so it’s a good test for us on the road.”

In this streak, the Sabres have scored five or more goals three times. In those six games, Jack Eichel has four goals and eight assists for 12 points. Victor Olofsson has four goals and six points, while Jimmy Vesey has three goals and five points.

Larsson and Brandon Montour have chipped in with four assists each.

As far as goaltending goes, Linus Ullmark is 3-0-1 with a 2.50 goals-against average and .932 save percentage. Carter Hutton is 0-1-1 with a 3.51 goals-against average and .903 save percentage.

Eichel has points in 10 straight games, scoring nine goals and 10 assists for 19 points. Overall, his 38 points in 28 games is seventh in league scoring.

Olofsson has points in seven out of eight games and 11 out of 13. In those 13 games, the winger has five goals and seven assists for 12 points.

Looking at the Atlantic Division, Boston is running away with it, followed by Tampa Bay at .580, Florida at .574, Buffalo at .554, Montreal at .536 and Toronto at .500. The Leafs are 25th in the NHL with that points percentage.

The Sabres are 15th in the NHL in goal scoring at 3.00 goals per-game.

Ralph Krueger gave the impression on Wednesday that he likes the lineup the way it’s been lately, which is dressing seven defensemen. Evan Rodrigues has been cleared and is available if Krueger wants to use 12 forwards.

Calgary is 3-0-1 in its last four games, and are 2-0-0 under new coach Geoff Ward.

Goaltender David Rittich has been a big reason why the Flames have only allowed eight goals in the last four games. Rittich has played in six straight games. Overall, he’s 12-7-4 with a 2.68 goals-against average and .915 save percentage.

Things have not gone well for Johnny Gaudreau this season. In 29 games, the winger has just five goals and 16 assists for 21 points.

Join Brian Koziol for the pregame starting at 8:00 when he’ll be joined by Krueger, Larsson and Jeff Skinner.

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