Jan 28, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Phil Varone (84) celebrates after scoring his first NHL goal against the Washington Capitals during the second period at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres PreGame Skate #53: Phoenix Coyotes

The Buffalo Sabres, off of  a 5-4 overtime loss, travel to Glendale, Arizona for the first time in three years to take on the Phoenix Coyotes tonight.

Jan 28, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Cody Hodgson (19) celebrates his second goal of the game against the Washington Capitals with defenseman Christian Ehrhoff (10) during the third period at First Niagara Center. Capitals beat the Sabres 5-4 in OT. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Taking a break from the frigid weather in Western New York to play in 79 degree Arizona, Buffalo will play Phoenix for the second and final time of this season, before Phoenix re-brands themselves as the Arizona Coyotes.

Ryan Miller will be in net for Buffalo, going against Thomas Greiss for Phoenix.

The last time these two teams met, the game was decided in overtime, off of a wild goal credited to Mark Pysyk, now dubbed “ButtGoal.” For a recap of this goal, click here.

Some stats to think about.

The Sabres are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games versus the Coyotes and 6-4-0 in the last 10 in Arizona, however over the past 10 games both teams have been rather cold, Buffalo stands at 2-4-4 and Phoenix is 4-5-1.

Buffalo currently owns a 5-15-3 on the road versus a Phoenix Coyotes team that is 15-8-3 at home. Ryan Miller is 5-0-0 against the Coyotes, owning a .98 GAA and .966 SV%.

Cody Hodgson has been nothing short of great since his return from injury, scoring 10 points (6 G, 4 A) in nine games.

Last game, Mike Green scored one minute into overtime to defeat the Sabres 5-4.

Jhonas Enroth was in net for Buffalo, making 30 saves for the Sabres. Cody Hodgson continues to ride a hot streak, tallying 2 goals on the night, including the tying goal 6:34 into the third period, the period that Buffalo controlled entirely.

Both Matt Moulson and Tyler Ennis had a two assist night, helping Hodgson earn his first of two goals on the powerplay.

Philip Varone also scored his first NHL goal, breaking past Brayden Holtby to tie the game at 3.

 Will Buffalo continue their streak against Phoenix? Is Varone the goal scorer that Ville Leino isn’t? What are your predictions on tonight’s game? Don’t forget to tune in to Sabrenoise.com for all of the news and updates on the Buffalo Sabres!

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