Sabres (22-11-4) at Blues (17-15-5)
Sunday marked the only meeting between these two teams. Buffalo edged out a 4-3 victory in their lone meeting last year. The Sabres are coming off of a overtime loss against Ottawa while the Blues beat Minnesota on Saturday.
With both teams playing on back to back nights, they elected to go with their backup goaltenders. Patrick Lalime earned the start in net for Buffalo as Ty Conklin received the start for the Blues. Conklin entered the game with a perfect 6-0 record against the Sabres. He has also played in the last three Winter Classics, but his streak will end this year.
Despite Thomas Vanek back in the lineup, Buffalo had more injuries to...
Ottawa (18-15-4) at Buffalo (22-11-3)
The last meeting between these two teams resulted in a 5-3 win for Ottawa back on November 21st. However, several Sabres were suffering from food poisoning that night. A few nights later, when the Minnesota Wild came to visit, their players found that their equipment was set on fire. The Senators have won six straight games against Buffalo, and five out of the last six in Buffalo.
It took Buffalo over 17 minutes to record their first shot of the game, and that one sh0t was all they ended up with after the first period. Ottawa, on the other hand, fired 19 shots on Ryan Miller, who stopped them all.
Paul Gaustad leveled Jarkko Ruutu, who injur...
Buffalo (22-10-3) vs. Washington (22-8-6)
The Sabres are coming off of a overtime win in Toronto, in which the team played without Thomas Vanek and Patrick Kaleta. The Capitals have not played since Saturday, when they scored four times in the third to defeat Edmonton.
The Capitals have 130 goals scored, the most in the league. In the two games against Buffalo, the Caps have only scored two goals. Washington got off to a quick start, scoring just over a minute into the game. Nicklas Backstrom received a one timer from Alexander Ovechkin and shot it past Ryan Miller for the 1-0 lead. A few minutes later Mike Green took a shot that deflected off of a Sabres stick and went just under ...
Buffalo (21-10-3) vs. Toronto (13-15-8)
The Maple Leafs continue to struggle against the Buffalo Sabres, losing the last nine matchups. Toronto did have a 2-1 lead in the 3rd, but the Sabres tied it up and eventually won the game in overtime.
Six minutes into the game and Buffalo had the lead on a goal from Nathan Paetsch, his first of the season. Toronto fans may have had flashbacks to this past weekend when the Sabres won 5-2. The game looked as if it could have the same ending result.
Toronto stormed back with two goals of their own in the second period. Viktor Stalberg and Ian White each scored to give the Leafs a 2-1 lead after two. Now all Toronto had to do was hold on to ...
Buffalo (21-10-2) vs. Pittsburgh (24-10-1)
Another big challenge for Buffalo arrived on Saturday night. Sidney Crosby and the Penguins were in town to try and defeat the Sabres.
Pittsburgh had Friday night off, while the Sabres were busy beating Toronto. Thomas Vanek was unable to play due to an upper body injury. However, Patrick Kaleta was back in the lineup for the first time since suffering a concussion in Ottawa.
Patrick Lalime stopped 23 of 24 shots against Pittsburgh.
The Penguins entered the game with the No. 4-ranked offense at 3.11 goals per game. The Sabres have the No. 3-ranked defense at 2.18 goals-against per game. These two teams split the four game series last...
Buffalo (20-9-2) vs. Ottawa (16-12-4)
Since the 2005-2006 season, the Senators have dominated the Sabres, winning 21 of 31.
On Wednesday night, it remained that way.
After the first period the Senators were only up 1-0. I say ONLY because of Ryan Miller. The game could have easily been out of reach for Buffalo.
Alexandre Picard was the one to finally get the puck past Miller in the first. Buffalo had trouble getting things going and could not generate any scoring chances. Shots were 11-5 in favor of Ottawa after the opening period.
The second period involved much more physical play. Both teams started to throw around their bodies. Then, Jarkko Ruutu deliverd a head shot to P...
Here at the Checking Line we're all about being fair. The other day, Alexander Ovechkin's hit on Patrick Kaleta got front page coverage on our main page, and a short discussion ensued on whether or not the hit was suspendable.
Needless to say, TCL members responded with a resounding "no" to the above issue, as evidenced by Wednesday's poll.
My personal opinion on the hit was it was WAS dirty. It falls well within the definitions of boarding and charging, and while the hit may or may not have been from behind, I feel as if the intention was there. It's not the first questionable Ovechkin hit, he's done some dirty things on the ice in the past, and while "experts" will tell you t...