As the midway point of the season came and went, the Buffalo Sabres were sitting comfortably atop the Northeast Division. Boston was the closest team team, but still trailed Buffalo by 12 points. Now, the Sabres have hit the biggest road bump of the season.
The west coast trip was just the beginning of the Sabres recent woes. The team has gone 2-8-1 in its last 11 games and find themselves clinging to a one point division lead. Ottawa has gone on a tear, winning its last 11 of 12.
Eight of the last 11 games have been decided by just one goal. The Sabres defeated New Jersey and Boston, perhaps snapping out of the losing skid. They have now lost four in a row, with just a couple of games...
The Sabres were hoping to snap a three game losing streak against Columbus. The last time these teams met was in 2008, when Columbus crushed Buffalo by a 6-1 score.
First place may be out of reach since Washington is on a 13 game winning streak, but the Sabres only trail the Devils by three points for 2nd place. Patrick Lalime is expected to get the start in net tonight. Prior to this game, Ryan Miller had started 12 straight games.
Lalime hasn't started since January 19th when he gave up four first-period goals, and had to be replaced by Miller, in an eventual loss to Anaheim. In that game, Miller was credited with the loss, even though he only allowed one goal.
Buffalo outshot Col...
These two teams have only met once so far this season, with three more to go. Buffalo won that meeting 5-1, scoring all their goals in the third period. The Sabres are just 2-5-1 in its last eight games.
Carolina took a 1-0 lead when Aaron Ward scored his first goal of the season. After being outshot 8-4, Buffalo got on the board towards the end of the first. Andrej Sekera took a shot from the point that was deflected by Jochen Hecht to tie the game at one.
Buffalo put on the pressure in the second period, outshooting Carolina 18-9, but neither team could score a goal. Early in the third period, the Hurricanes regained their one goal lead again. Eric Staal scored the Carolina goal.
After back to back wins at home, the Sabres headed into Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins for the third time this year. The teams have split the first two meetings of the season, both with one goal wins.
For a while, it looked as if the Sabres had a chance to take first place in the Conference. With the Capitals winning ten in a row, the Sabres are nine points out of that top spot, with two games in hand.
Mark Letestu scored his first career NHL goal just 47 seconds into the game. Pittsburgh had an early 1-0 on Ryan Miller and the Sabres. The last time these teams met, Miller was pulled by the end of the second period.
Buffalo responded with a tally of their own. On the power play,...
Buffalo hosted the Bruins looking for its second win in a row. Boston will have Marc Savard back in the lineup, which is a big relief for the Bruins. Without Savard, the team went 1-6-1 and only scored 13 goals.
Boston has won the first two meetings between these teams, but trail Buffalo by 15 points. Despite being 11th in the conference, Boston can jump all the way up to 6th with a win tonight.
The Sabres will have Ryan Miller in net once again, looking to improve his stats even more. Antti Niemi is the only one ahead of Miller in goals against average with 1.99.
Henrik Tallinder scored his third goal of the season, putting Buffalo up 1-0. For Buffalo fans, it was a great relie...
Buffalo (30-13-7) at Vancouver (31-18-2)
The seven game road trip came to an end tonight for Buffalo. Buffalo needed to defeat Vancouver in order to win the trip. This was the only meeting between these two teams this year.
Buffalo won the only meeting last year by a score of 5-2. The Sabres had to face another Olympic goaltender in Roberto Luongo on Monday night. Buffalo will then face Martin Brodeur on Wednesday.
Tim Connolly brought in a 15 game point streak, while Alex Burrows brought an 11 game point streak, so both players hoped to extend those. Buffalo could not be happier to get the road trip over with. They have not been home in about two weeks and would like to get a...
Buffalo had an amazing pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft when they chose 6 foot 8 inches Tyler Myers. The 19 year old rookie made an impression the moment he started playing for the Sabres.
Buffalo traded up one spot with the L.A. Kings in order to get Myers. They wanted him on the team badly. If they hadn't trade, there is a good chance he would not be on the Buffalo Sabres right now.
He made the team immediately and showed what he can do early on. Lindy Ruff had ten games to determine whether or not to send him down to Portland. Liking what he saw, Ruff chose to keep on the team.
Myers is making an impression and has already become a fan favorite in Buffalo. At the age of 19, h...
Buffalo (30-12-7) at San Jose (34-10-8)
The last time these two teams met was on February 13th, when flight 3407 crashed near Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Even though the NHL offered to postpone the game, the Sabres chose to play.
Buffalo went out to a four goal lead, only to see San Jose come back and score five goals. Jason Pominville tied the game up with four seconds remaining and Buffalo went on to win in a shootout.
Saturday, both teams had Olympic goaltenders starting in net. Ryan Miller and Evgeni Nabokov planned to try and out-duel each other in tonight's matchup. Nabokov came in with a 0.99 goals against in his last six games, one of the reasons the Sharks ar...
Buffalo (30-12-6) at Los Angeles (27-19-3)
The Sabres and Kings met for the only time this season. Last time they met, Ryan Miller shutout Los Angeles in a 5-0 win.
The Sabres almost made quite a comeback in their last game against Anaheim. Buffalo quickly fell behind 4-0 in the first period with Patrick Lalime in net. The Sabres came out in the second, narrowing the deficit to just one goal. Buffalo was unable to complete the comeback as they lost 5-3.
The Kings got on the board first with a deflection from Brad Richardson that went into the net. Despite having the first seven shots on goal, the Sabres trailed 1-0 after the Richardson goal.
As the second period began, Buffal...
Buffalo (30-11-6) at Anaheim (22-20-7)
Buffalo comes close after trailing by four, but cannot complete comeback
ffalo had the opportunity to regain 1st place in the Eastern Conference. Washington won their game earlier against Detroit. They were down 2-1 in the third but rallied to win. The Sabres needed two points to jump back into first place.
Patrick Lalime received the start in net for the Sabres, allowing Ryan Miller to get some rest. Miller has to prepare for some of the leagues toughest teams in the next week. Buffalo will visit Los Angeles, San Jose, and Vancouver within five days, so Miller needs to be ready if the Sabres want to win.
This marks the only meetin...