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Buffalo Sabres PreGame Skate #31: Ottawa Senators

The good news for the Buffalo Sabres (6-22-2) as they are set to entertain the Ottawa Senators (12-14-5) is they

are 4-1-3 against the Senators at home in their last ten games.  They have not lost two straight home games in regulation to Ottawa since 2010.

Ottawa comes in tonight having won their last game – and Buffalo looks to snap a two game losing streak.  This is the second meeting between Atlantic division rivals, and the first since the opening salvo’s of the season where the Senators skated away with a 1-0 victory on October 4.  They will not have to wait that long for game three of the five game series, as the teams faceoff in Ottawa on Thursday night.

Tonight marks the 118th all time meeting between the two franchises.

If the Buffalo Sabres want to come out victorious in tonight’s contest, the best way to do it might be to take the game to a shootout.  While adding the extra time to the game gives the Sabres fans more value for their dollars, it also increases the chance of the team winning.  Half of the Sabres victories have come in the shootout, and Ottawa was 0-4 in one on one competition up until their win against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Ottawa’s success has come from a name that Buffalo Sabres fans will remember, as Clarke MacArther is on pace to break his career highs in goals and points – as he has been one of the most reliable forwards for Ottawa since signing there as a free agent.

Buffalo is still trying to find out who their most reliable forward is.  While things have gotten better for the Sabres since Ted Nolan has taken over, the back of the net still remains a mythological creature for most of the Sabres roster.  Buffalo is dead last in offense as they are on pace to be the worst team in NHL history.

Tyler Ennis remains the Buffalo Sabres hottest player right now, with goals in consecutive games leading into tonight’s contest.  His play has earned him the right to center the Buffalo Sabres top line, as Ted Nolan has demoted to Cody Hodgson to the third line in an attempt to pick his game back up.

The only injury to speak of for either team is Alex Sulzer, as he remains sidelined with an undisclosed injury and is riding the injured reserve ferry.    The Sabres have lost 83 man games due to injury so far this season.

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