GAME: Ottawa Senators (16-10-3-3) at Buffalo Sabres (12-18-2-1).
TIME: Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST.
Struggling to score goals and unable to stop the opposition, the Buffalo
Sabres will try to avoid a franchise-record eighth straight loss when they host
the Ottawa Senators.
Buffalo matched the previous team mark with its seventh straight loss
Friday, dropping a 5-2 decision to the defending Stanley Cup champion New
Jersey Devils. The Sabres have managed two goals or fewer in each game during
the skid, and have surrendered at least three goals in six of those contests.
After a spirited first period in which they outshot the Devils 9-5, the
Sabres fell apart over the final 20 minutes, surrendering five goals.
Buffalo has also lost five straight at home, managing just eight goals in
"The frustration level is pretty high," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff admitted.
Buffalo has lost seven in a row four times during its history, the last
coming during the 1993-94 season.
The Senators have won three in a row, including Monday's 3-2 overtime
victory over Florida. Todd White scored the game-winner 1:34 into the extra
session as Ottawa improved to 7-2-1 in December.
The Senators have not won four in a row since Oct. 17-25.
Ottawa defenseman Brian Pothier missed his third straight game Monday
because of a concussion.