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Blues return home after successful trip

Sunday, 12.27.2009 / 5:00 PM

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

SABRES (22-11-4) at BLUES (17-15-5)

Last 10: Buffalo 6-2-2; St. Louis 5-5-0.

Season Series: This is the lone meeting between the teams. The Sabres earned a 4-3 victory against the Blues on Nov. 12, 2008, at HSBC Arena. Tim Connolly, Adam Mair and Henrik Tallinder each had a goal and an assist for Buffalo.

Big Story: Behind some stellar goaltending from Ryan Miller, the Sabres have been one of the top teams in the League during the first half of the season. Given his tremendous play, one has to believe Miller has all but locked up the No. 1 goaltending job for Team USA at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver this February.

Team Scope:

Sabres: Miller made 38 saves on Saturday night, but it wasn't enough for Buffalo to notch a second point in the standings as it suffered a 3-2 shootout loss against the Ottawa Senators at HSBC Arena.

''We can't react to teams and what they want to do,'' Miller said. ''We have to dictate play. A point's OK. When you get to a shootout, it's a toss-up.''

Blues: Despite Saturday's loss at Minnesota, one has to think the Blues headed back to St. Louis with their heads held high afterwards considering what they accomplished this week. Prior to the 4-3 defeat against the Wild, St. Louis earned consecutive victories in Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary, respectively.

''It was the kind of game where whoever got that next goal, it was going to be a big one, and they found a way to get that one,'' Blues coach Andy Murray said.

Who's Hot: Blues forward David Perron has two goals and an assist in his last three games.

Injury Report: Sabres forwards Patrick Kaleta (neck) and Nathan Gerbe (groin) are day-to-day, while defenseman Chris Butler (ankle) is out indefinitely. … Blues forward D.J. King (hand) hopes to return early next month.

Stat Pack: After going 5-for-10 on the power play during the first three games of their road trip, the Blues went 0-for-4 at Minnesota on Saturday.

Puck Drop: "We're just doing things too slow. Our puck movement hasn't been good enough. We just didn't make enough good plays." -- Sabres coach Lindy Ruff after Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss to Ottawa
2009-2010 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Dec 27 '09BUF 5 at STL 3T. Connolly
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
D. Roy3792130+12433
T. Connolly3891928+21243
J. Pominville3891726+4830
T. Vanek33111223+31652
T. Myers3831720+71010
C. MacArthur3810717-113733
D. Stafford357916-11430
J. Hecht386915+21911
M. Grier298614+5802
T. Kennedy384913+43402
S. Montador382911+03702
H. Tallinder382810+81600
C. Butler2601010-9800
P. Gaustad26729+53331
P. Kaleta31639+77101
C. Rivet36099+05600
M. Ellis35246+3401
A. Sekera28246+0400
T. Lydman24145+71400
N. Gerbe2112+1010
N. Paetsch9101+1600
T. Ennis1101+1000
A. Mair25011-22600
D. Paille2011+1000
M. Mancari1000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
R. Miller3221-8-3639761.98.935
P. Lalime62-2-1161662.91.904
J. Enroth10-1-04374.14.892
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
B. Boyes3891726-7622
D. Perron38111021-42222
A. McDonald36101121-5820
K. Tkachuk3681321-32630
E. Johnson3841721+02821
P. Kariya3881119-51621
T. Oshie3471219-41411
D. Backes389918-34812
P. Berglund326612-1823
C. Colaiacovo293912-23810
J. McClement386511-6801
A. Steen245611-5820
B. Crombeen38167-19100
B. Jackman27077+33300
R. Polak38246+32400
D. Sydor29066+11500
E. Brewer15235-101100
B. Winchester32145+24110
M. Weaver37044+31200
A. Pietrangelo9112-9600
T. Strachan6022+3400
L. Eller5101+1410
Y. Stastny3101+1000
C. Janssen24000-37300
D. King1000+0500
J. Junland1000-2000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
C. Mason2611-11-4667342.54.910
T. Conklin136-5-1314072.49.924