SABRES (5-7-1) at SENATORS (6-4-2)
TV: MSG-B, SNET-E
Last 10: Buffalo 3-6-1; Ottawa 4-4-2
Season series: The Senators took the first of four meetings this season with a 4-3 win at home last Wednesday. Ottawa received four goals from four different players in that game.
Big story: The Senators seek to end their four-game homestand on a positive note after going 1-1-1 over the first three games. The Sabres try to improve upon a 2-3-0 record over their last five games away from First Niagara Center.
Sabres: The formula for winning games in the NHL usually includes putting as many shots as possible on net, but Buffalo has been disproving that logic over its last few games. While the Sabres were outshot 43-15 against the Islanders on Saturday, they managed to win the game, 3-2. But the next night back in Buffalo, 26 shots wasn't quite enough to overcome the Boston Bruins in a 3-1 loss.
Despite the Sabres improving upon their shot total Sunday, they went almost 12 minutes in the second period against Boston without putting the puck on net.
"I think we started to show our fatigue around the midpoint," goalie Ryan Miller told NHL.com. "[The Bruins are] a tough team to play against and they certainly were going to make it so we weren't going to have the opportunity to score as many goals as we did last time."
Senators: Scoring has been tough to come by in the Senators' last five games due in large part to the absence of their offensive leader Jason Spezza, who has been out since Jan. 28 due to back surgery. While Ottawa managed eight total goals in the two games following Spezza's injury, it only has seven goals in the five games since then, including two 1-0 shutout losses.
"Collectively, we have to come together and find a way to create offense, put pucks and bodies at the net, and gain more offensive zone time. I have to do a better job of that myself," Kyle Turris, the team leader with 10 points, told NHL.com following a 1-0 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday.
Who's hot: Sabres forward Thomas Vanek had his season-long eight-game point streak snapped last Tuesday, but he is warming up again with three goals and an assist in three games since then. … Ottawa's Turris had a three-game point streak snapped this past Saturday, with three assists over that span.
Injury report: Defenseman Robyn Regehr returned to the Sabres' lineup Sunday after missing the previous six games with a lower-body injury. Forward Ville Leino remains on injured reserve, missing all his team's games so far this season with a hip injury. … For Ottawa, Spezza remains out indefinitely and Guillaume Latendresse (whiplash) is on IR.
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