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Preview: Blues vs. Sabres

by Chris Pinkert / Notes by Brett Barczewski

BLUES VS. SABRES

When: Thursday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m.
Watch: FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports GO
Listen: 101 ESPN, NHL App
Tickets: Enterprise Center Box Office or online at ticketmaster.com

 

THE MATCHUP

BLUES The St. Louis Blues snapped a three-game winless skid on Tuesday night with a 3-2 win against the San Jose Sharks. Jordan Binnington made 27 saves while Tyler Bozak, Ivan Barbashev and David Perron scored in the victory.

"We did enough," Perron said after the game. "I don't know that we were clean and had good energy all night long, but it was certainly enough to get the win tonight. After the trip, the travel and all that stuff that happened the last week, it's certainly nice."

"I thought we played tight defensively," added Blues Head Coach Craig Berube. "We talked about being a better team without the puck, and I thought that we were tonight. I thought we did a good job."

The win extended the Blues' lead atop the Western Conference. St. Louis' 61 points ranks first, while the second-place Colorado Avalanche were seven behind as of Wednesday afternoon.

SABRES Goalie Linus Ullmark made 32 saves for the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, helping his club to a 3-2 win against the Florida Panthers at KeyBank Center. Sam Reinhart added a goal and assist and Marcus Johansson had two assists in the victory, which gave the Sabres their second straight win.

Buffalo is 19-17-7 on the season and ranks fifth in the Atlantic Division with 45 points (19-17-7).

Jack Eichel leads the Sabres in goals (26), assists (29) and points (55) in 42 games this season. Rookie Victor Olofsson ranks second (35) and leads all NHL rookies in goals (16) and points. Olofsson suffered a lower-body injury Thursday and is expected to miss five to six weeks.

Video: Kerber, Pang preview matchup vs. Sabres

HEAD-TO-HEAD The Blues and Sabres will meet for the second and final time this season. Buffalo won the first meeting between the teams 5-2.

The Blues have earned points in four of their last five games against the Sabres (3-1-1) and are 12-2-1 against Buffalo in 15 games since Feb. 18, 2011.

The Blues have a seven-game win streak against the Sabres at Enterprise Center.

 

BLUE NOTES

With his next assist, Alexander Steen will become the sixth player in franchise history to record at least 300 assists as a Blue... The Blues have won six consecutive games at home and are currently on a season-long five-game homestand... Ryan O'Reilly has points in eight straight games at Enterprise Center (one goal, nine assists)... The Blues are 19-0-5 when scoring first this season and are the only team in the League without a regulation loss in that scenario.

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