Sabres look to break a losing streak in Arizona

November 2, 2017

Glendale, AZ (WGR 550) - The Sabres haven’t played a game since last Saturday when they lost at home to San Jose 3-2. Buffalo has not picked up a point since a week ago Tuesday when they shutout Detroit and it has cost them has they’ve plummeted to last place in both the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference.

Buffalo trails Montreal and Florida by one point, Boston by three, the Red Wings by five, Ottawa by seven, Toronto by eight and Tampa Bay by 13.

The Sabres played a good game against the Sharks, but had nothing to show for it. They had plenty of chances to score, and could only get two against a backup goalie. Matt Moulson said, “I think it’s consistency each shift. It seems like one big mistake will end up in the back of our net.”

Buffalo only has a power play goal in one of its last five games and has allowed a PP goal in three of them.

The Sabres rank 23rd on the power play and 13th on the penalty kill.

Robin Lehner gets the call in goal. He’s 2-4-1 with a 2.78 goals against and .911 save percentage.

With only one game in eight days, Jack Eichel, Evander Kane and Jason Pominville have all dropped out of the league’s top 25 scorers. Josh Bailey of the Islanders has more points than any of those three in the same amount of games.

The Sabres are 8-2-0 in their last 10 games here in Arizona. One of those losses came last season.

Phil Housley said on Wednesday that he didn’t know if Justin Bailey would be able to play tonight due to a lower body injury, but Bailey was in a suit and his equipment wasn’t even in his locker.

Today, he said Seth Griffith will dress for Bailey and then went on to say that Nick Baptiste will be a game-time decision. If that is indeed the case, he’ll be a pretty tired player because he and Taylor Fedun skated pretty hard while others were already back at the hotel.

Justin Falk is back from injury and will play his first game of the season. He replaced Zach Redmond who is back in Rochester.

Arizona has had a lot of trouble under its new head coach Rick Tocchet. The Coyotes got their first win of the season two games ago in Philadelphia. Overall they’re 1-11-1. The overtime loss came at home against Vegas.

The one bright spot on this team is the NHL’s top rookie in Clayton Keller. Keller was the 7th overall pick in the 2016 draft and has points in seven straight games. During that time he’s netted six goals and five assists for 11 points. Overall, Keller has nine goals and six assists for 15 points in 13 games.

Keller’s center is former New York Ranger, Derek Stepan. Stepan is off to a very slow start with just one point in his last six games.

Max Domi was rushed to the NHL and the Coyotes are paying for the lack of development time. Domi has one goal all season and he scored it on opening night.

Antti Raanta has missed nine games due to injury. He’s off IR and is expected to be in goal for the Coyotes. He’s 0-1-1 with a 3.33 goals against and .911 save percentage.

Arizona is missing two key defensemen. Former Blackhawk Niklas Hjalmarsson is out with an upper body injury while second year player Jakob Chychrun is down with a lower body injury.

Dakota Mermis is up for his first NHL game.

Join Brian Koziol for the pregame at 9:00 when he’ll be joined by Phil Housley, Justin Falk and Matt Moulson.