|11||BUFFALO||+170||Ov 5.5,+100||+200||Ov 5.5,+115|
|12||MINNESOTA||-200||Un 5.5,-120||-240||Un 5.5,-135|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||5-17-0||-10.5||5-17||-10.5||10-10||2.4||30.2||3.5||33.6|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-0.3||2-3||-0.3||3-2||2.8||31.6||3.0||37.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||39||86||15||33||36||2||6||1207||7.1%||118||15||12.7%||138|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||22||52||10||20||20||2||2||664||7.8%||66||10||15.2%||82|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||14||0||6||7||1||2||158||8.9%||16||2||12.5%||22|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||129||33||47||40||9||10||1274||10.1%||119||22||18.5%||219|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||78||21||30||20||7||3||740||10.5%||71||18||25.4%||138|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||15||4||6||3||2||0||187||8.0%||16||4||25.0%||28|
|CHAD JOHNSON (All Games)||13||11||362||319||88.1%||0||1-10||-9.9||1-10-0||-10||7-3|
|CHAD JOHNSON (Road Games)||8||6||221||197||89.1%||0||1-5||-3.9||1-5-0||-4||3-2|
|CHAD JOHNSON(vs. Non-Conference)||5||4||125||111||88.8%||0||1-3||-2.6||1-3-0||-3||3-1|
|CHAD JOHNSON (Last 4 Games)||4||4||113||97||85.8%||0||0-4||-4||0-4-0||-4||3-0|
|ROBIN LEHNER (All Games)||30||28||903||827||91.6%||2||9-19||-8.7||9-19-0||-8||8-18|
|ROBIN LEHNER (Road Games)||16||16||516||465||90.1%||1||4-12||-6.6||4-12-0||-6||7-8|
|ROBIN LEHNER(vs. Non-Conference)||10||9||304||277||91.1%||0||3-6||-2.8||3-6-0||-3||3-5|
|ROBIN LEHNER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||149||138||92.6%||0||2-2||+0.7||2-2-0||+1||2-2|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||13-6-0||+4.2||13-6||+4.2||9-10||3.1||29.3||2.1||30.3|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1||3-2||+1||3-2||2.6||32.2||2.2||31.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||40||115||32||32||46||5||14||1175||9.8%||121||23||19.0%||185|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||19||59||17||16||23||3||10||557||10.6%||58||10||17.2%||94|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||13||4||6||3||0||3||161||8.1%||18||2||11.1%||24|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||114||28||28||55||3||9||1286||8.9%||156||25||16.0%||186|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||40||10||11||17||2||1||575||7.0%||62||5||8.1%||63|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||11||2||1||8||0||2||155||7.1%||20||3||15.0%||19|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (All Games)||25||25||768||706||91.9%||1||15-10||+2.3||15-10-0||+3||15-9|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Home Games)||14||14||425||396||93.2%||1||10-4||+3.8||10-4-0||+4||8-6|
|DEVAN DUBNYK(vs. Non-Conference)||13||13||390||357||91.5%||1||8-5||+1.5||8-5-0||+2||8-4|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||107||102||95.3%||0||4-0||+4||4-0-0||+4||2-2|
|ALEX STALOCK (All Games)||17||15||510||467||91.6%||3||6-9||-2.9||6-9-0||-3||6-8|
|ALEX STALOCK (Home Games)||6||5||149||139||93.3%||1||3-2||+0.4||3-2-0||+1||1-4|
|ALEX STALOCK(vs. Non-Conference)||7||6||217||201||92.6%||2||2-4||-2||2-4-0||-2||3-3|
|ALEX STALOCK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||117||108||92.3%||2||1-3||-2||1-3-0||-2||2-2|
|Average power rating of opponents played: BUFFALO 3.01, MINNESOTA 3.14|
|12/8/2017||at CHICAGO||2-3||L||0, +190||L||5.5 un||U|
|12/10/2017||at ST LOUIS||2-3||L||0, +160||L||5.5 un||U|
|12/12/2017||OTTAWA||3-2||W||0, -110||W||5.5 un||U|
|12/14/2017||at PHILADELPHIA||1-2||L||0, +155||L||5 ov||U|
|12/15/2017||CAROLINA||4-5||L||0, +140||L||5.5 un||O|
|12/19/2017||BOSTON||0-3||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||U|
|12/22/2017||PHILADELPHIA||4-2||W||0, +105||W||5.5 un||O|
|12/23/2017||at CAROLINA||2-4||L||0, +195||L||5.5 un||O|
|12/27/2017||at NY ISLANDERS||2-3||L||0, +155||L||5.5 ov||U|
|12/29/2017||at NEW JERSEY||4-3||W||0, +160||W||5.5 un||O|
|1/1/2018||vs NY RANGERS||2-3||L||0, +145||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/4/2018||at MINNESOTA|| |
|1/5/2018||at WINNIPEG|| |
|1/7/2018||at PHILADELPHIA|| |
|12/8/2017||at ANAHEIM||3-2||W||0, -125||W||5.5 un||U|
|12/10/2017||at SAN JOSE||4-3||W||0, +120||W||5.5 un||O|
|12/12/2017||CALGARY||2-1||W||0, -120||W||5.5 un||U|
|12/14/2017||TORONTO||2-0||W||0, -125||W||5.5 ev||U|
|12/16/2017||EDMONTON||2-3||L||0, -110||L||5.5 ov||U|
|12/17/2017||at CHICAGO||1-4||L||0, +155||L||5.5 ev||U|
|12/19/2017||at OTTAWA||6-4||W||0, +110||W||5.5 un||O|
|12/22/2017||at FLORIDA||2-4||L||0, -105||L||5.5 un||O|
|12/23/2017||at TAMPA BAY||0-3||L||0, +220||L||6 un||U|
|12/27/2017||DALLAS||4-2||W||0, -110||W||5.5 un||O|
|12/29/2017||NASHVILLE||4-2||W||0, -105||W||5.5 un||O|
|12/30/2017||at NASHVILLE||0-3||L||0, +125||L||5.5 ev||U|
|1/2/2018||FLORIDA||5-1||W||0, -170||W||5.5 un||O|
|1/6/2018||at COLORADO|| |
|1/10/2018||at CHICAGO|| |
|BUFFALO: Key additions: D Marco Scandella (trade with Wild), F Jason Pominville (trade with Wild), F Benoit Pouliot (Oilers), G Chad Johnson (Coyotes), D Nathan Beaulieu (trade with Canadiens)
Key Losses: F Tyler Ennis (trade with Wild), F Marcus Foligno (trade with Wild), G Anders Nilsson (Canucks), D Dmitri Kulikov (Jets)
OUTLOOK: They seem to be in good hands with their new staff, and they've got an "it" factor between young standout Jack Eichel, Evander Kane and newcomer Casey Mittelstadt. The question is how long it'll take for the season results to change.
|MINNESOTA: Key additions: F Marcus Foligno (trade with Sabres), F Tyler Ennis (trade with Sabres), F Matt Cullen (Penguins), D Kyle Quincey (Blue Jackets)
Key Losses: F Jason Pominville (trade with Sabres), D Marco Scandella (trade with Sabres), F Erik Haula (Golden Knights), D Christian Folin (Kings), G Darcy Kuemper (Kings)
OUTLOOK: Early-round playoff woes will hang over this team all season, but that doesn't mean they don't have a plethora of scorers to give Bruce Boudreau another shot at righting his record. This time, they should finally outdo Chicago.
|Housley returns to home state as Sabres visit Wild|
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Due to the World Junior Hockey Championship being played in their arena, the Buffalo Sabres have not had a true home game since Dec. 22 and won't again play in front of their home fans until Tuesday.
But Sabres coach Phil Housley will at least get a taste of home on Thursday when his team visits Minnesota to face the Wild.
Housley's family still lives in the Twin Cities suburbs, where his wife Karin is a Republican state senator and has recently announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate.
As for the campaign that Phil Housley is running in Buffalo, the team is still solidly in last place in the Eastern Conference, but the first-year Sabres coach is seeing some signs of hope.
After their overtime loss to the New York Rangers in the Winter Classic on New Year's Day, the Sabres have collected at least a point in four of their last five games.
"A lot easier, believe me. Early on in the season there were a lot of struggles and a lot of games we were in were one-goal games or we were even. We were just cracking at the wrong time, making a critical mistake at the wrong time, and they were tough," Housley said.
"It was tough on our hockey club and our coaches because we kept trying to grind it out and trying to find different areas where we could improve. We're playing a better brand of hockey now. You can see the confidence growing in our guys. ... There are times when we bend but we don't break, which is a credit to our team."
Buffalo's players have noticed a new, better feeling, both on the ice and in the locker room.
"We're definitely making strides and playing more consistently the way we want to play, which is usually a good sign," said forward Jason Pominville, who will be returning to Minnesota after the Wild traded him to Buffalo over the summer.
The Wild opened 2018 with a decisive 5-1 win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, getting two goals each from Matt Cullen and Eric Staal. They were boosted by the return of Zach Parise to their lineup after the star left winger had missed the first half of the season due to back surgery.
"I felt really good from the start," said Parise, who had three shots and skated more than 13 minutes versus the Panthers. "Kind of re-learning different spots on the ice where you get pressured. But that'll come. Conditioning-wise, everything else actually felt really good."
Wild coach Bruce Boudreau sounded confident after the Florida game that they may inch closer to full health soon with the return of forward Nino Niederreiter, who has missed five games with a lower-body injury.
Niederreiter was a full participant in the Wild's practice on Wednesday and Boudreau expects him in the lineup versus Buffalo.
|Last Updated: 1/24/2018 7:23:09 AM EST|