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Monday, 03.12.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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Follow The Road To Winning

March 12, 2007
by Brian Wheeler

Dorothy didn't know anything about hockey.

In the midst of their longest home-losing streak of the season, the Buffalo Sabres are hoping that there is no place like the road.

Having lost three consecutive games in HSBC Arena to teams boasting stingy defenses and trapping styles, the Sabres are looking to make a fresh start in Pennsylvania as they open a four-game road trip that doesn't end until Mar. 18.

"We're going to try to find our game back on the road," said co-captain Daniel Briere. "Sometimes you keep things a little more simple on the road."

The Sabres, who have been defeated a league-low nine times during regulation on the road, will be looking for a freewheeling affair on Tuesday night when the team heads to Pittsburgh.

A high scoring affair would be a welcomed change from the past week. Lighting the lamp 18 times during a three-game winning streak from Feb. 27 to Mar. 3, Buffalo has managed just five goals in their past three.

The effect can be seen in the standings. Buffalo's once wealthy padding between second place New Jersey has shriveled to a single point.

"We have to find our game and get some bounces, but we have to create those as well," said Briere. "We want to finish first, but we know that we're going to be in a tough fight until the end of the year.

"New Jersey is right on our heals, so hopefully, it going to put some urgency into our play a little more and we can get back on the winning track."

The road to winning has a major obstacle.

Led by league scoring leader Sidney Crosby (28+72=100) and the top rookie gun Evgeni Malkin (31+42=73), the Penguins have scored the third most goals in the Eastern Conference, behind Buffalo and Ottawa, and have the fourth best home record in the East.

Pittsburgh is 8-1-1 in their last 10 games and has fought their way from the cellar up to fifth place in the Eastern Conference with 84 points.

"For some reason all year, we seem to thrive when the games are tougher," said Briere. "Like right now."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82