Buffalo Sabres (6-0-1, 13PTS) @ Colorado Avalanche (4-3-0, 8PTS)
9:00 PM EST, Pepsi Center
Radio: WGR 550 (Buffalo)
The Colorado Avalanche pose a whole new problem for the Sabres. They are probably the best offensive team the Sabres have played so far this season. The Avs are averaging four goals a game through their first seven starts. They are led by Milan Hejduk who has scored six goals but they have received goals from 16 different players.
The Avs weakness so far has been their goaltending. They have allowed over three goals a game while holding opponents to an average of 25 shots on goal. Peter Budaj was the opening day starter but has struggled for the Avs and has a 2-3-0 record. Andrew Raycroft won both his starts but he has allowed three goals a game and has only a .875 save percentage.
The Sabres have been average in 5-on-5 situations, although they improved greatly in the final minutes of the 4-3 victory over the Wild on Thursday. However they have been great on special teams with Thomas Vanek (2 PP Goals, 2 SH Goals) leading the way. Te Avs have struggled to kill off penalties so look for this to be an area of focus for the Sabres.
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