The Sabres and Senators meet again this afternoon for the second game of a home-and-home set. Both teams are hovering around the .500 mark and are looking to improve on Thursday’s showing. The Sabres allowed Ottawa to score three early goals, but Buffalo made things interesting with two quick goals to start the third period.
Season series: This will be the second of four meetings this season, but they wont play each other again until the end of March. Today’s game is the 139th all-time meeting between the teams. The Sabres have 67 wins, the Senators have 61, and they have tied 10 times.
Buffalo notes: The Sabres have been in a playoff position for a couple of weeks now, but they’ve suddenly dropped three straight games. With games against Ottawa and the Rangers this weekend, they can make up some points in a hurry. Brian Duff and Martin Biron reiterated the fact that Buffalo cannot continue to take Ottawa likely. Rather, the Sabres need to shift the focus to have the Senators worrying about Buffalo.
Evan Rodrigues became a father recently and is expected to return to the lineup this weekend.
Senators notes: The Senators proved that they aren’t a team to take lightly. They came into Thursday’s game on a four-game losing streak, but clearly looked like the better team for a majority of the game. They struggled to keep up the tempo in the third, and can thank Craig Anderson for stopping nearly 50 shots in the victory.