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Game 24: New Jersey Devils vs Buffalo Sabres

New Jersey Devils vs Buffalo Sabres

Game Time: 7:00 PM EST
TV: MSG+
Radio: WFAN 660 AM, 101.9 FM

Match-Up

The Devils (10-8-5) are desperate for a win, as they face-off against the Buffalo Sabres (9-13-2) for the second time in less than a week. Last Saturday, the Devils fell to the Sabres 4-3 in a shootout, in a game that featured a fair amount of trash-talking from both sides, most prominent being Adam Henrique and Ryan Miller jawing after the shootout. The Devils will look for revenge at the Prudential Center on Thursday night, but more importantly, will be looking to end their recent 6-game skid (0-5-1) and avoid their first 7-game losing streak since 1986.

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Buffalo Stampedes Past New Jersey in the Shootout, 4-3

New Jersey Devils vs Buffalo Sabres

Three Stars of the Game:

3rd Star: Tyler Ennis (1 SO Goal)

2nd Star: Ryan Miller (3 GA, 28 Saves)

1st Star: Jason Pominville (2 goals)

The Devils (10-6-5) were once again left with a familiar feeling after falling to the Buffalo Sabres (9-12-1) in the shootout Saturday evening. Devils fans were glad to see the Carter-Gionta-Bernier line reunited, after Carter was activated from IR. Both teams’ power plays were held scoreless, the Devils going 0-5 and the Sabres going 0-6. Each team also gave up a short-handed goal. The Devils have now dropped 7 out of their last 9 games.

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Game 21: New Jersey Devils at Buffalo Sabres

New Jersey Devils vs Buffalo Sabres

Game Time: 3:00 PM EST
TV: MSG+
Radio: WFAN 660 AM, 101.9 FM

Match-Up

This Saturday, your New Jersey Devils (10-6-4) will look to snap a 3-game losing streak against the Buffalo Sabres (8-12-1) as they travel to upstate New York. This will be the first of three meetings between the two teams this season, and one of two played at the First Niagara Center. This will also be the second game of a three-game road trip for the Devils, and the last home game for the Sabres until March 12. Last season the Devils went 3-0-1 against the Sabres, winning both match-ups in Buffalo by the scores 5-3 and 4-1.

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Game 48 Recap: Miller Lives the High Life as Sabres Slice the Devils in a shootout

New Jersey Devils vs Buffalo Sabres

(headline submitted by @radametz)

When Devils coach Peter DeBoer called the Devils an “elite” team over the weekend, he probably didn’t envision losing to the Buffalo Sabres as a reality.  After back-to-back losses to a pair of Eastern Conference teams that are generally viewed as “elite” teams (Boston and Philadelphia), the Devils turned in a very sloppy performance tonight, and now head into the All-Star break on a three-game winless streak (0-2-1).  They’ve dropped all three games at home and fall to 1-2-1 on the season-high six-game homestand.  They also drop to eighth in the conference, which means they’re just barely holding on to a playoff spot at the break as well.  So what went wrong tonight?

Let’s be honest: the Buffalo Sabres are a very weak hockey team this season.  Aside from Jason Pominville, Tomas Vanek and a few other signs of strong play, the team has fallen dramatically short of expectations this season.  Coming into tonight, they had lost five straight games, allowing four goals or more in each of the games.  They had dropped to a tie for last in the Eastern Conference with the Carolina Hurricanes entering the night as well.  Despite this, however, the Devils got off to a dreadful start in the first period.  They were incredibly sloppy with the puck and left the Sabres to attack seemingly at will.  Still, Buffalo managed just six shots in the first period, as did the Devils.  A pinching Jordan Leopold was able to beat Martin Brodeur on a rebound to give Buffalo a lead after one period.

The Devils slowly warmed to the task in the second period, thanks to a pair of minor penalties by Buffalo forward Derek Roy.  The Devils failed on their first power play, but just past the midway point of regulation and the second period, the Devils finally beat Ryan Miller.  Kurtis Foster’s one-timer from the point rebounded right to Zach Parise in the slot, who fed Patrik Elias at the right circle, and Elias blasted the puck by Miller.  For Elias, it was his 18th goal of the season, pulling him one behind Kovalchuk for the team lead in goals.  For Parise, it was his first point since a first period assist on January 17th against Winnipeg.  The Devils pretty much took over the game at that point, despite being sloppy at times, including some bad giveaways by seemingly every skater at some point.  Still, Miller looked nothing like a struggling goaltender tonight.  He stopped 17 of 18 shots after two periods, while Brodeur had stopped 8 of 9 Sabres shots after two periods.

The third period featured more of the same for the Devils.  They dominated puck possession, scoring chances and outshot Buffalo, 6-4 in the final period, but occasional sloppy play, granted it was by both teams, prevented the Devils from generating consistent offense.  For the third straight game, they couldn’t manage a second goal in regulation after a 5-goal outburst during the first game of the homestand.  Regardless of how they played, they picked up a point and headed to overtime.  The Devils continued to outplay Buffalo in the overtime.  Ilya Kovalchuk and Adam Henrique both had tremendous chances to bury Buffalo, but they couldn’t finish their chances and beat Miller.

After overtime, the Devils had outshot Buffalo, 28-15, nearly a 2-to-1 advantage, but headed to a shootout.  The shootout has been a specialty of the Devils this season.  They entered the night having won 8 of 9 shootouts this season, with the only loss coming to San Jose early in the season.  Kovalchuk and Parise have also been among the league’s most productive shootout skaters this seaosn.  Kovalchuk, true to form, put the Devils up early.  After Brodeur made a sprawling save to rob Tomas Vanek of a tying goal, Zach Parise shot on Miller, but Miller gloved his backhand attempt.  Buffalo’s Brad Boyes missed his next chance.  With a chance to clinch the game, Patrik Elias took his turn, but was denied by Miller.  Jason Pominville then tied the game.  Miller stopped Adam Henrique in the fourth round, and Nathan Gerbe beat Brodeur to give Buffalo the win.

There’s no doubt that this is a very difficult loss for the Devils.  Martin Brodeur believes that DeBoer’s assessment of the Devils of being “elite” is false, at least for right now.  The Devils, considered by most people to be a playoff team this season, need to win games like this one.  Buffalo was free-falling and the Devils couldn’t bury them at home.  They’ve already lost three games on this six-game homestand.  After the All-Star break, they’ll host the conference-leading New York Rangers and then face Montreal.  If they’re unable to put these losses behind them, they could find themselves on the outside of a playoff spot and looking up.  Until then, though, Adam Larsson and Henrique will head to Ottawa for All-Star festivities, while the rest of the team takes a breather.

What did you think about tonight’s game?  How do you feel about the state of the Devils right now heading into the break?  Do you think a trade is necessary or can the Devils win with their current roster?  Leave us a comment below and express your opinion!

Game Preview – Game 48: Your New Jersey Devils vs Buffalo Sabres

New Jersey Devils vs Buffalo Sabres

New Jersey Devils (26-19-2, 54 points) vs Buffalo Sabres (19-25-5, 43 points)
7:00 PM EST
TV: MSG+
Radio: WFAN 660 AM

Matchup:

Tonight marks the third of four matchups between the Devils and Sabres this season. Currently the Devils lead the season series 2-0-0 after defeating the Sabres in Buffalo, 5-3 on November 16, and most recently 3-1 on December 28 at Prudential Center.

Devils Playoff Chances:

Currently finding themselves sitting in 7th in the Eastern Conference standings, the New Jersey Devils appear to be doing just enough to get them qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs at season’s end. The problem is, the Devils find themselves 2-6-1 so far this season against the conference’s top four teams. After back-to-back 4-1 losses against the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers, the Devils find themselves 1-2-0 in the midst of a six-game homestand. Tonight’s game marks the last for the Devils going into the All-Star Break. The Devils NEED the win tonight psychologically.

Keys to Winning:

Obviously, the main key to win is to score more goals than the Sabres tonight. The problem is, both teams thrive on the same situation. The Devils seem to play their best hockey when on the PK, and the Sabres have more success while having the man advantage. The problem is, the Sabres find themselves at league average on the powerplay, tied for 14th in the league with a  18.7% success rate. The Devils, second in the league in PK with a 89.2% success rate, gave up nine powerplay goals over the first 35 games of the season. Unfortunately, the PK has given up the same amount of goals in the last 12 games. It’s a tough situation. You know your team is best when shorthanded, and you do lead the league in SHG’s with 11 while no other team has double digits. Stay out of the box.

Devils Stat Leaders:

Points – Patrik Elias, 45
Goals – Ilya Kovalchuk, 19
Assists – Patrik Elias, 28

Projected Devils Lineup:

Parise (C) – Henrique – Kovalchuk (A)
Sykora – Elias (A) – Zubrus
Ponikarovsky – Josefson – Clarkson
Boulton – Carter – Harrold

Salvador – Fayne
Taormina – Larsson
Volchenkov – Foster

Brodeur
Hedberg

*Scratches – Janssen, Mills

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The Latest on the Buffalo Sabres:

The Sabres are looking to turn things around on the road tonight as they step onto the ice at Prudential Center. Saturday Night in St. Louis, Buffalo lost its 12th straight game on the road, and fifth loss in a row overall. The Sabres’ recent struggles has dropped them in the standings, and they can currently be found tied for last in the East with Carolina. During their current five-game losing streak, the Sabres have been outscored 23-7. Overall this season, the Sabres are 8-15-0 on the road.

Sabres Stats Leaders:

Points – Jason Pominville, 47
Goals – Thomas Vanek, 19
Assists – Jason Pominville, 30

Projected Sabres Lineup:

Vanek – Adam – Pominville
Boyes- Leino – Stafford
Gerbe – Hecht – Kaleta
Ellis – Roy – McCormick

Sekera – Myers
Leopold – Weber
Finley – Gragnani

Miller
Enroth

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Game Preview – Game 36: Buffalo Sabres vs Your New Jersey Devils

New Jersey Devils vs Buffalo Sabres

New Jersey Devils (19-15-1, 39 points) vs Buffalo Sabres (17-15-3, 37 points)
7:00 PM EST
TV: MSG+
Radio: WFAN 660 AM

Matchup:

Tonight’s game will be the second between the Sabres and the Devils this season. The two squads last met on November 16 in Buffalo, which saw the Devils take a 5-3 win.

Larsson Returns From Sweden:

The big story for the New Jersey Devils coming into tonight’s game is the return of Adam Larsson. Larsson had been granted permission from the team to return home to Skelleftea, Sweden in order to attend funeral services for his grandmother.

Despite the dismal circumstances of his travel, and the stressful 12-hour trip, the time away from the team seems to be used to refresh the rookie, who averages 21:55 of ice time per game so far this season.

Coach Peter DeBoer told The (Bergen) Record that Larsson looks good, “I think he appreciated the trip home and we’re glad to have him back.”

Key to Winning:

*Do not put puck in own net.

Last Game Against Buffalo:

NJD (W) @ BUF (L)
Final Score: 5-3

The last time these two teams met, rookie goaltending-sensation Jhonas Enroth got the start for the Buffalo Sabres in place of the injured Ryan Miller. Going into the game, Enroth was a perfect 6-0-0 on the season and had gone nearly a full year since losing in regulation. However, the New Jersey Devils had Ilya Kovalchuk returning to the lineup after missing five games due to leg injury.

The Devils got goals from five different players in the game, including the returning Kovalchuk. Also scoring goals were Zach Parise, Mark Fayne, Patrik Elias and David Clarkson. These five goals were enough to chase Enroth from the game, halfway through the third period.

Martin Brodeur stopped 29 shots for the Devils, including a couple game savers which earned him the third star of the game.

Projected Devils Lineup:

Parise (C) – Henrique – Kovalchuk (A)
Sykora – Elias (A) – Zubrus

Tedenby – Zajac – Clarkson
Boulton – Sestito – Janssen

Salvador – Larsson
Volchenkov – Foster
Taormina – Fayne

Brodeur
Hedberg

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The Latest on the Buffalo Sabres:

Heading into tonight’s game, the Sabres look to win back-t0-back games for the first time since a five game winning streak from November 4-12. In their last game, the Sabres put up four goals against the struggling Washington Capitals, in the first period alone. Ryan Miller made 20 saves in his sixth straight start to give the Sabres the win.

In the game against Washington, the Sabres powerplay put up a pair of goals, including rookie Brayden McNabb’s first career goal. The Sabres powerplay now has seven goals in the last five games, which will be a good match for the league’s best penalty-kill in New Jersey.

When it comes to statistically-hot Sabres players, captain Jason Pominville currently has three points in his last two games and 11 in his last eight. Meanwhile, the Sabres’ leading goal scorer, Thomas Vanek, has a five game point scoring streak in which he has collected eight points in that timeframe.

Projected Sabres Lineup:

Vanek (A) – Hecht – Pominville (C)
Boyes – Roy (A) – Stafford (A)
McCormick – Gaustad (A) – Kaleta
Adam – Ellis – Kassian

Ehrhoff – McNabb
Regehr – Sekera
Leopold – Weber

Miller
Enroth

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