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Sabres try to build off win, break through vs. Senators

by Mike G. Morreale

SENATORS (13-8-6) at SABRES (10-14-3)


Last 10: Ottawa 4-2-4; Buffalo 4-4-2

Season series: This is the third of four meetings this season with the Senators taking the opening two contests at Scotiabank Place. The Sens received goals from four different players in a 4-3 win on Feb. 5 and Craig Anderson made 42 saves in a 2-0 triumph seven days later.

Big story: The Senators have made a habit of playing tight to the vest this season minus injured stars Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson. The team's 4-3 shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday marked the seventh time in the past 12 games the Senators were tied at the end of regulation. The team has played in 10 straight one-goal games and are closing in on the NHL record of 12 set by the Chicago Blackhawks in 1997-98. The Sens have just one win in seven games, but have picked up six points over that span -- losing three times in the shootout and once in overtime.

Team Scope:

Senators: Mika Zibanejad, Daniel Alfredsson and Patrick Wiercioch scored in regulation for the Senators in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Canadiens on Wednesday. Rookie Jakob Silfverberg scored the only goal for Ottawa in the second round of the tiebreaker, but Montreal's Carey Price denied Alfredsson and Kyle Turris in the one-on-one showdown to give the Habs the victory. Ottawa goalie Robin Lehner, who lost his third straight shootout, finished with 42 saves in 65 minutes.

"It feels good in regulation and overtime, but when it comes to the shootout right now I'm not there," Lehner told The Ottawa Sun. "I can't seem to find a way in the shootout. I'm a little tired of one-point games."

Sabres: With starting goalie Ryan Miller sidelined with a sinus infection, backup Jhonas Enroth stepped in and turned aside 32 shots to lead the Sabres to a 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Tuesday. It was Enroth's first win since Nov. 26, 2011. Marcus Foligno snapped a 20-game scoring drought by potting a pair of goals as Buffalo won consecutive games for the first time this season. The Sabres' third line of Foligno, Brian Flynn and center Kevin Porter finished the night with three points and seven shots on goal. The game also marked the return of defenseman Jordan Leopold, who had missed the previous nine games with an upper-body injury.

Who's hot: Sabres rookie Flynn has three points (two goals, one assist) in the past three games. … Defenseman Sergei Gonchar has a point in five straight games (six assists) for the Senators.

Injury report: Forward Milan Michalek (knee) and goalie Craig Anderson (ankle) are questionable, while David Dziurzynski (concussion), Mike Lundin (concussion), Karlsson (Achilles) and Spezza (back) are out for the Senators. … Miller (sinus infection) and forwards Tyler Ennis (upper body) and Ville Leino (hip) are questionable for the Sabres. Patrick Kaleta is serving the last of a five-game suspension for an illegal hit from behind on Rangers forward Brad Richards on March 3.

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