GAME: San Jose Sharks (26-13-11-5) at Buffalo Sabres (23-26-5-1).
TIME: Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST.
The San Jose Sharks are 0-for-Buffalo.
Evgeni Nabokov and Patrick Marleau hope to help change that.
Powered by their two hottest players, the Sharks will look to win in Buffalo
for the first time when they take on the playoff-hopeful Sabres.
Since entering the league in 1991, San Jose has gone 0-10 in Buffalo.
However, with Nabokov playing as well as he has and All-Star Marleau scoring
points in five straight games, it appears the Sharks may be ready to end that
The Pacific Division-leading Sharks went into the All-Star break on a high
note Thursday, beating Phoenix 5-0 for their eighth win in their last 11 games
"We're in a good spot now to finish the season out," said rookie Nils
Ekman, who had three assists. "It's in our hands now and we're not satisfied
The Sharks scored twice in the first 13 minutes and Nabokov needed just 20
saves for his second consecutive shutout and third in four home games.
"This is what we have been working for," said Nabokov, who tied his
single-season franchise record with his seventh shutout, the 24th of his
career. "The hard work is paying off, but it's still too early. We have to
keep it going."
Marleau continued his recent tear by scoring on the power play. The
24-year-old center has four goals and four assists during his five-game point
streak, and is five goals shy of his career high of 28, set last season.
The Sabres are in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, seven points behind
the New York Islanders. They had won four straight and five of six before
suffering a bad 6-2 home loss to Boston on Thursday.
The six goals against snapped a six-game streak in which Buffalo allowed two
or fewer, and were the most since a 7-2 loss to Detroit on Dec. 10.
"Not too many guys showed up for us tonight," said Daniel Briere, the
Sabres' newly appointed captain of the month. "I get to be captain for a day
and we answer like that. I have nothing else to say."