National Hockey League action on Sunday evening and the Atlantic Division will square off with the Central Division as the Buffalo Sabres grapple with the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Sabres lost both meetings between these teams last year. Buffalo enters this contest at
Sabres Top Sens To End SkidThe Buffalo Sabres had a solid start to their season, but they have fallen apart of late. Buffalo entered their home game against the Senators on Saturday night riding a six-game losing streak. That was on the heels of a 9-3 record through their first 12 games. The Sabres were able to end their slide on Saturday night with a hard-fought 4-2 win over those Senators. The game was tight throughout and it was tied at 2-2 late in the game until the Sabres got a goal from Jack Eichel with 7:47 left in the game and then he added an empty-net goal with 14 seconds left to seal the game. It was a huge game for the Buffalo superstar as he scored all four goals in the win to give him 12 on the year. The offense has perked up a bit of late as the Sabres have scored 11 goals in their last three games, after scoring nine total goals in their previous six games.
Head Coach Ralph Krueger addresses the media following tonight's win at home. pic.twitter.com/Z1Pd5pNxzd— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) November 17, 2019
Getting the start in this one will be Carter Hutton and he has gone 6-5 with a 2.62 GAA on the year, including 2-2 with a 3.06 GAA on the road. In his career, he has gone 42-58 with a 2.72 GAA on the road and 13-15 with a 2.87 GAA during the month of November, plus 1-4 with a 2.93 GAA against the Blackhawks. The Sabres enter this game ranked 15th in the league in scoring at 3.00 gpg and 11th in goals allowed at 2.84 gpg.
Blackhawks Pull 2nd Stunner In A RowThe Chicago Blackhawks did have another bad start to their year and they are still under .500. Despite that, the Blackhawks come in having won three in a row and four of their last five. A few days ago, the Blackhawks beat vegas on the road as big underdogs and they followed that up with a 7-2 win over the Predators on the road. Chicago was a big dog in that game as well. The Blackhawks will now look to keep it rolling against a Buffalo team that has been struggling of late. The offense had been a mess for Chicago for much of the year, but they have now scored 24 goals in their last five games. Alexander Nylander led the attack in the win over the Preds with two goals and he now has four on the year. Erik Gustafsson (2nd), Dominik Kubalik (5th), Brent Seabrook (2nd), David Kampf (4th) and Patrick Kane (10th) all scored in the win as well.
Chicago will trot out Corey Crawford and he has gone 3-6 with a 3.24 GAA on the year, including 2-2 with a 3.05 GAA here at home. In his career, he has gone 133-94 with a 2.32 GAA here at the United Center and 54-37 with a 2.60 GAA during the month of November, plus 10-0 with a 2.05 GAA against the Sabres. The Blackhawks enter this game ranked 16th in the league in scoring at 3.00 gpg and 14th in goals allowed at 2.95 gpg.
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- 36-90 in their last 126 games playing on 0 days rest
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