Buffalo Beauts (5-4-0) vs Boston Pride (7-2-0)
Puck Drop: 1:30PM Saturday, January 5 | harborCenter | Buffalo, NY
TV: Saturday: NWHL.zone
Know Your Opponent
Record: (7-2-0) | 14 PTS
Last 10: 7-2
League Standings: 1st Overall
PP: 1st (21.4%)
PK: 3rd (91.2%)
What to Watch
1. Deep thoughts
One of Buffalo’s greatest weaknesses is a lack of depth scoring. Recently, the team has demonstrated an ability to reach into the bottom lines and the defense for goals, but there is still a glaring disparity between the top line and the rest of the team.
Boston’s league-high 38 goals have come from all over the roster and especially on the power play. Buffalo’s lines are going to have to win the depth battles and outscore the league’s most prolific squad.
There are a handful of players to key in on - Gigi Marvin, for one - but the Beauts cannot focus their attention on just one skater. They need to keep their heads on the proverbial swivel or else they’ll get burned very easily.
It’s no secret that possession drives success. Buffalo’s top two centers (and one wing) are very good at faceoffs. Boston’s top draw-takers are hovering just above 50 percent.
This is something the Beauts can take advantage of - especially on special teams. If they can get possession off of the faceoff, set up, and keep the Pride scrambling, they can easily play the long game. Which is the perfect setup for the next point:
3. A full 60
The Pride are a plus-15 in the third period, outscoring opponents 18-3. The team shuts it all down in the final frame, smothering opponents on the way to victory.
Buffalo, on the other hand, is only a plus-3. The Beauts have allowed most of their goals in the third period (50 percent of total goals allowed.)
Getting an early lead is rarely an issue for Buffalo. Keeping it has been a problem. The Beauts will have to win all three periods if they hope to gain any ground on Boston in the standings.
Hayley Scamurra-Maddie Elia-Dani Cameranesi
Emily Janiga-Kelly Babstock-Juliana Iafallo
Corinne Buie-Annika Zalewski-Taylor Accursi
Blake Bolden-Emily Pfalzer
Lisa Chesson-Savannah Harmon
Sarah Edney-Sarah Casorso
Starting Goaltender: Shannon Szabados