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Buffalo Sabres PreGame Skate: Ottawa Senators


The Buffalo Sabres are back on the ice tonight – and fans have to be wondering which team will show up – and how bad their atrocities will stick out and hinder them against the Ottawa Senators.

Both Buffalo and Ottawa have played 9 games, and their records are almost a mirror image.  Buffalo skates into tonight witha  3-5-1 record, and are looking to avoid their second three game losing streak of the season – as they look to find their offensive spark.  Ottawa comes into tonights game with a 5-3-1 record, and are trying to find their way with a struggling offense.

For Buffalo – the offensive lag comes from the teams inability to put the puck in the net beyond the top line of Cody Hodgson and linemates Jason Pominville and league leading Thomas Vanek.

The Ottawa Senators have lost the usage of Jason Spezza with a herniated disk – and they don’t know when he is coming back.

Buffalo faces a tough home opponent, as Ottawa has outscored their opponents 13-4 on home ice as have gone 3-0-1 while doing it.

Heading into Ottawa the Buffalo Sabres have won six of the last seven at Ottawa, but have seen similar streaks fall against Montreal in recent days.  While the start of the season had Buffalo speaking to the depth of their defense as a strong point, they have, just nine games in reached into the Rochester pool and plucked Adam Pardy.  While Pardy could be just up in the event that something goes wrong, rumors that Christan Erhoff are among the walking wounded on the Buffalo blue line don’t bode well for the blue and gold.

Game time is 7:30 tonight at the ScotiaBank place.  Buffalo is trying to get back on the winning side of things, and Ottawa is looking to extend its current four game point streak.

Secondary scoring has to come into play for Buffalo, last year Thomas Vanek could not score against the Ottawa Senators, and only mustered 2 assists.

 

 

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