Have the Buffalo Sabres
put their road woes behind them?
They snapped a 12-game road losing streak Jan. 24 in New Jersey, and enter tonight's game in Philadelphia winners of three in a row away from home.
So what's changed?
"I think you look at it, it has been the depth," said Ruff. "(Paul) Gaustad on the Island was able to help us win a game. If you look at it, the (New) Jersey game, that was a game that stayed really tight and we end up pushing through and winning. The islander game, we scored late in the third. But it has been the depth that's been able to get us some goals, three lines contributing in the scoring column.
One of those lines Ruff is hoping to get something extra out of is the trio of Nathan Gerbe
, Tyler Ennis
and Thomas Vanek
"We're looking at with this stretch of games, with four in less than six days, we know we're going to have to play four lines, we know we're going to need depth in scoring. Especially on the road. I don't think our road scoring has been very good. I don't think Thomas on the road has gotten much done. So we're looking for some opportunities. We're looking for that line to push through and make a difference for us."
The Sabres had an optional practice this morning, so here's how their lineup likely will look tonight:
- Tyler Ennis
- Thomas Vanek
- Derek Roy
- Jason Pominville
- Paul Gaustad
- Patrick Kaleta
- Brad Boyes
- Zack Kassian
- Christian Ehrhoff
- Robyn Regehr
- Tyler Myers
will see his first action in goal in almost a month when he starts tonight. In his last game, Jan. 18 against the Chicago, he allowed six goals on 35 shots. Ryan Miller
will serve as the backup tonight, but will start tomorrow at home against Montreal.
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