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Sabres host Ovechkin, Capitals

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After being shutout in Pittsburgh on National television, the Sabres will look to make a better appearance as they host the Capitals tonight, on the NBCSN.

The Sabres were unable to solve Marc-Andre Fleury, and it broke up a string of six consecutive games where Buffalo scored three goals or more. The Penguins also managed to win 31 of the 45 faceoffs on the night.

“We didn’t compete. The one thing we want to try to do is at least compete.

Nolan wasn’t exactly thrilled with his team’s performance.

“We’re a team that we can’t have glaring mistakes. It’s very demoralizing,” Nolan said. “I think it demoralized us for a little bit. We woke up in the third period, we made a push, but not good enough.”

This is the third and final meeting between the two teams. The first two were both decided by shootouts, with Buffalo taking each of them.

The Sabres will have another tough task at hand tonight in the 2nd of back-to-back games, but are looking for a series sweep. The Capitals were off on Monday, and are coming off of a victory over the Canadiens on Saturday.

The Capitals come into this contest with an unusual problem – the offense. Even after scoring five goals on Saturday, Washington has just 13 goals in its past eight contests.

“Every game is independent; every game is new,” Miller said. “They’ve had a good team here for a while, and I suppose that’s kind of how it’s gone.”

The trade rumors have heated up over the past few days and it’s difficult to ignore them. Many wonder if Miller will still be here come the trade deadline. If he isn’t in goal tonight, don’t be surprised. Jhonas Enroth could very well get the start, especially considering the Sabres are playing four games in six days.

Tonights’ game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and can be seen on the NBC Sports Network.

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