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GAME PREVIEW: COLUMBUS @ BUFFALO

Wednesday, 09.25.2013 / 10:23 AM / News
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GAME PREVIEW: COLUMBUS @ BUFFALO
This is Buffalo\u2019s 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.\r\n

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.

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