Two consecutive defeats take the Nashville Predators (6th in Central Division) to the second contest of their current three-game homestand, with the Buffalo Sabres (5th in Atlantic) paying a visit on the back of three straight victories…
Sabres Win A Trio Of GamesThree consecutive victories came about for the Buffalo Sabres (22-19-7), who kept up with triumphs against the Detroit Red Wings (5-1) and the Vegas Golden Knights (4-2) with a 4-1 win versus the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on Thursday. Jimmy Vesey (6 goals, 14 points this year), Rasmus Dahlin (3 goals, 27 points), Michael Frolik (6 goals, 12 points) and Zemgus Girgensons (9 goals, 13 points) all scored for the Sabres, who have won five of their last seven contests (5-2-0) after posting just one victory in eight games prior (1-6-1). The team is 8-13-4 when playing away from home this season.
Goalie Linus Ullmark turned away 28 shots in Texas and has now gone 16-12-3 for the rolling year with a 2.72 GAA and a .913 save percentage. He has recorded a 1-2-0 past total against the Nashville Predators with a 4.11 GAA and a .873 save percentage. The Sabres, meanwhile, are netting the 13th lowest number of goals per game (2.98), while allowing the 11th highest quantity defensively (3.10).They are 16th in power play with a 19.6% success rate and 26th in penalty kill with 75.5% effectiveness.
Preds Lose Two In RowThe Nashville Predators (21-18-7) dropped their second consecutive contest (0-2-0) after starting a three-game homestand with a 4-2 defeat to the Anaheim Ducks at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday. Viktor Arvidsson (20 points this year) scored his 11th snipe of the season to cut Anaheim’s initial 2-0 lead in half in the first period before Mikael Granlund (8 goals, 16 points) buried a shorty in the final third when the Ducks were already leading 4-1. The Preds are 3-6-1 in their last 10 outings and 10-9-4 when skating on home ice this year.
Goalie Juuse Saros (6-8-4 for the season with a 3.13 GAA and a .895 save percentage), who made 23 saves versus Anaheim, has posted a 0-2-1 previous tally versus Buffalo with a 3.98 GAA and a .869 save percentage. Pekka Rinne (15-10-3 on the year with a 3.02 GAA and a .896 save percentage), meanwhile, is 6-2-0 against the Sabres historically with a 1.82 GAA and a .942 save percentage. The Predators are 8th in both most goals scored per game (3.33) and most allowed on average (3.26), 25th in power play with a 16.6% conversion rate and bottom of the league in penalty kill (73.1%).
Buffalo (according to Covers.com)
- Sabres are 12-41 in their last 53 road games.
- Sabres are 25-69 in their last 94 vs. Central.
Nashville (according to Covers.com)
- Predators are 9-4 in their last 13 overall meetings with Sabres.