GAME PREVIEW: COLUMBUS @ BUFFALO
This is Buffalo’s sixth of seven preseason games after opening camp on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at First Niagara Center; it is their third and final home game during the 2013 preseason. The Sabres are 1-0-1 at home so far, with a 5-2 win vs. Carolina on Sept. 19 and a 3-2 shootout loss vs. Toronto on Sept. 21.
The Sabres haven’t lost a preseason home game in regulation since Sept. 21, 2007; they’ve gotten at least a point in their last 11, going 8-0-3 in those games and outscoring their opponents, 39-25.
Buffalo and Columbus have played 14 preseason games all-time. The Sabres are 8-6-0 in preseason contests against the Blue Jackets; 2-2-0 at home, 4-3-0 in Columbus. Three of the 13 preseason games between the Sabres and Blue Jackets have been played at neutral site venues, with the Sabres going 2-1-0.
The last time the teams met in the preseason was last Tuesday, Sept. 17, in Columbus. Marcus Foligno scored twice in a 3-1 Sabres win. The first of three regular season meetings between the Sabres and Blue Jackets will take place on Thursday, Oct. 10 in Buffalo. The teams will then meet twice in eight days with a game at First Niagara Center on Saturday, Jan. 18 followed by a trip to Columbus on Saturday, Jan. 25.
Marcus Foligno leads the Sabres with three goals and four points in three preseason games. Ryan Miller has led the Sabres goaltenders with 141 minutes played, registering a 2.98 goals against average and .916 save percentage through parts of three games.
The Sabres are 141-148-50 all-time in the preseason. Buffalo is 28-12-4 in preseason action since the 2005-06 season. These totals only include NHL games; the Sabres also defeated Adler Mannheim, 8-3, as part of the 2011 NHL Premiere Series in Germany.
Buffalo’s final preseason game will take place on Friday (7 p.m.), as the Sabres travel to Carolina to take on the Hurricanes, who will be looking to bounce back from the 5-2 loss they picked up at First Niagara Center on Sept. 19.