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Avalanche Aims to Get Back on Track vs. Sabres

Saturday, 10.19.2013 / 1:35 PM

Adam Kimelman | NHL.com

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Avalanche Aims to Get Back on Track vs. Sabres
Colorado Avalanche vs. Buffalo Sabres

AVALANCHE (6-1-0) at SABRES (1-7-1)

TV: ALT, MSG-B

Season series: This will be the teams' first meeting since March 14, 2012, when the Colorado Avalanche beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-4 in a shootout in Buffalo. The Avs have won the last five games between the teams; the Sabres' last win against the Avalanche was Dec. 4, 2005.

Big story: The Avalanche will try to rebound from its first loss of the season, while the Sabres are looking to get back to where they were two games ago, when they beat the New York Islanders in a shootout for their first -- and only -- victory of the season.

TEAM SCOPE:

Avalanche: Obviously the Avalanche wasn't going to go 82-0-0, and while the club suffered its first loss of the season - 4-2 to the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday - coach Patrick Roy came out feeling pretty good.

"We didn't have the result, but I'm telling you, if we play a lot of games like this, we're not going to lose that many," Roy said. "We'll win our share of games like this."

Matt Duchene, who had five shots on goal but saw his four-game point-scoring streak snapped, echoed his coach's sentiments.

"Other than the first period I think we played a good game," said the center afterwards. "I really liked our second period and we really battled."

Sabres: At 1-7-1 and sitting 15th in the Eastern Conference entering the weekend, it's pretty easy for the Buffalo Sabres to be a pretty down bunch right now.

So why not have a dance contest?

At the urging of coach Ron Rolston, a few of the team's younger players did their best "Dancing With the Stars" imitation after practice Friday.

"Twerking on skates," Sabres forward Tyler Ennis said. "That'll be the first time."

"You need things to pick your spirits up," co-captain Steve Ott said. "We have so many young guys that we continue to try to keep the mood light. Had some fun out there on the ice."

Ennis pegged 2012 first-round pick Zemgus Girgensons as the winner.

"I thought Girgensons won it," Ennis said. "I think he was moving pretty good out there. Looked a little bit like Miley Cyrus."

Who's hot: Duchene has seven points in his first seven games and leads the Avalanche with five goals. … No player has seen more pucks than Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, but his .935 save percentage through six games is the best of his career.

Injury report: Sabres forward Ville Leino (rib) is out. Defenseman Nikita Zadorov (finger) could make his NHL debut. Girgensons (face) is questionable. Forward Patrick Kaleta will not play due to suspension.

2013-2014 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Feb 01 '14BUF 1 at COL 7J. McGinn
Oct 19 '13COL 4 at BUF 2M. Duchene
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
M. Duchene8639+3023
P. Parenteau8347+4401
N. MacKinnon8167+3610
R. O'Reilly8336+3011
J. McGinn8325+3200
A. Tanguay8235+3400
G. Landeskog7235+1410
S. Downie8145+43411
P. Stastny8145+3800
A. Benoit8044+3000
E. Johnson8123+2610
J. Mitchell8112+2200
C. Sarich8101+7900
J. Hejda8101+2000
P. Bordeleau8101+1501
N. Guenin8011+3000
C. McLeod7011+22700
R. Wilson4011+2200
T. Barrie4011+2200
M. Cliche2011+1000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
S. Varlamov65-1-0102011.68.950
J. Giguere22-0-02691.00.971
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
C. Hodgson10257-4410
T. Vanek10336-5410
D. Stafford10123-1400
M. Foligno7202-11100
B. Flynn10112-4000
Z. Girgensons9112-2200
J. McBain6112-4010
C. Ehrhoff10022+0000
T. Myers10022-61400
T. Ennis10101-2400
M. Pysyk10011-1000
S. Ott10011-31300
H. Tallinder6011-1800
M. Weber9000-102100
M. Grigorenko8000-1000
J. Larsson8000-3200
R. Ristolainen8000-4200
K. Porter8000-6000
C. McCormick7000-31500
J. Scott6000-3400
P. Kaleta5000-1500
A. Sulzer1000+0000
V. Leino1000+0000
N. Zadorov1000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
R. Miller71-6-0192572.73.926
J. Enroth30-2-18882.65.909
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