Sabres' try to stay hot on the road

November 07, 2016 - 8:07 am
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The Sabres embark on road game number eight tonight in Boston. Buffalo is 4-1-2 on the road and 1-3-0 at home. That makes them .714 on the road and .250 at home.
 
The latest win was a 2-1 victory in Ottawa where they got away with only playing one decent period. Dan Bylsma wants to carry that third period into this game, “We need to start with it. In that third period that was our best hockey of the year. In that period playing in the offensive zone, dominating the grind time in the offensive zone that’s where we have to start tonight.”
 
Casey Nelson did not play well in his first two games of the season, but in the game in Ottawa, he was very good. As a matter of fact, Bylsma thought Nelson was his best defenseman that night, “He fought the puck a little bit, but last game I got Casey playing the best of the six D-men with execution with the puck, with management of the puck and jumping into the play in the offensive end.”
 
Overall Buffalo has won four of five games. Robin Lehner has started four straight and has a 1.26 goals against and .961 save percentage. This season he’s 4-3-1 with a 2.14 goals against and .929 save percentage. He and Anders Nilsson are fourth in the league in goals against and fifth in save percentage.
 
Both Dmitry Kulikov and Tyler Ennis took part in the optional morning skate. Dan Bylsma wouldn’t say if they were playing, but did say as of 11:15, nobody had been called up from Rochester.
 
Kulikov told me the skate felt fine and he’s good to go.
 
Johan Larsson has points in three straight games and has four points in five games.
 
Buffalo and Boston both have 12 points which is tied for 6th in the Atlantic Division, one point ahead of last place Florida and one point behind Toronto and Detroit. A win tonight would tie Buffalo for third in the division with Ottawa.

Boston is just like Buffalo as the Bruins are 1-3-0 in the Garden and 5-2-0 on the road.
 
The Bruins have won three of four. Tuukka Rask has played in four straight games and overall is 6-1-0 with a 1.98 goals against and .932 save percentage.
 
Former Sabre Tim Schaller was not resigned by Buffalo and wound up playing for his hometown team, Boston. In nine games Schaller has three points.
 
Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron have had trouble scoring goals as they both only have one in seven games.
 
David Krejci has not scored a goal at all this season.
 
As a matter of fact, neither one of these teams have been scoring as they’re tied for 25th in the league at 2.27.
 
The Bruins power play has been atrocious scoring only 7.9 percent of the time. Only Vancouver is worse.
 
Join Brian Koziol for pregame at 6:00 on ESPN1520 as he’ll be joined by Dan Bylsma, Sam Reinhart and Marcus Foligno.
 
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