Preview: Buffalo Rolls Into Arizona, Looking Stop Skid
Buffalo has lost the first two games of this Western road trip.
Buffalo Sabres (29-27-8) vs. Arizona Coyotes (31-27-8)
Puck Drop: 8:00 PM EST | Gila River Arena | Glendale, Arizona
Radio: WGR 550
SB Nation Coyotes Blog: Five For Howling
Know Your Opponent
Record: 31-27-8 | 70 PTS
Last 10: 4-5-1
Division Ranking: 5th in Pacific Division
Conference Ranking: 11th in Western Conference
PP: 19th (19.6%)
PK: 6th (82.8%)
What to Watch
1. Goals are Hard to Come By
One thing to watch tonight - the Arizona Coyotes and their ability to suppress their opponent’s ability to score goals.
Arizona is tied for fifth-best in the league, having only allowed 172 goals this season.
On the flip side, the Buffalo Sabres are 11th in the NHL with 2.89 goal scored per game.
It certainly seems like the Coyotes strength their defense, while Buffalo has struggled at times to score goals - seems like a sure recipe for disaster.
2. New Kid on the Block
Newly acquired forward Dominik Kahun made his Buffalo Sabres debut on Saturday night and he did it in style.
A little over two minutes into the game, Kahun made his presence felt with his 11th goal of the season and his first as a member of the Buffalo Sabres organization.
This stretch run toward the end of the season can most certainly help the team figure players out. If Kahun can hit the ground running with his new linemates, that will be great news for the Buffalo Sabres both now and in the future.
3. Playoffs in Doubt
The Buffalo Sabres found themselves completing a few moves at the trade deadline, in hopes of turning this roster around.
Heading into this Western Conference road trip, Buffalo’s hopes for a potential run to the Stanley Cup playoffs was on life support but mathematically still existed.
With two straight losses to start off this road trip, those playoff dreams are closer and closer to being dashed.
Buffalo needs a win bad against Arizona on Saturday night.
Victor Olofsson - Jack Eichel - Sam Reinhart
Jeff Skinner - Curtis Lazar - Wayne Simmonds
Dominik Kahun - Marcus Johansson - Jimmy Vesey
Zemgus Girgensons - Johan Larsson - Kyle Okposo
Brandon Montour - Rasmus Ristolainen
Jake McCabe - Henri Jokiharju
Rasmus Dahlin - Colin Miller
Starting Goaltender: Jonas Johansson (expected)
Taylor Hall - Christian Dvorak - Nick Schmaltz
Conor Garland - Barrett Hayton - Phil Kessel
Lawson Crouse - Derek Stepan - Clayton Keller
Carl Soderberg - Brad Richardson - Vinnie Hinostroza
Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Ilya Lyubushkin
Jordan Oesterle - Niklas Hjalmarsson
Jason Demers - Alex Goligoski
Starting Goaltender: Antti Raanta (projected)