(SportsNetwork.com) – Posting their longest winning streak since 2012 will be
no easy task for the Buffalo Sabres, who shoot for a rare victory in Winnipeg
on Tuesday night versus the Jets.
The Sabres have seemed to turn things around since their 3-12-2 start, winning
10 of their past 13 games. That includes a season-high four in a row, a run
that was extended with last night’s 5-4 shootout triumph over the Ottawa
Matt Moulson had a goal in regulation and netted the lone score of the
shootout, while Jhonas Enroth posted 29 saves through overtime. He then
stopped Ottawa’s first two skaters before Bobby Ryan’s last chance for the
Sens rang off the goalpost.
Marcus Foligno and Brian Flynn each had a goal and an assist, while Rasmus
Ristolainen also lit the lamp.
“This group of guys is starting to believe in themselves,” Sabres head coach
Ted Nolan said. “We were down and found a way to fight back.”
The Sabres fought back despite losing Torrey Mitchell to a lower body injury
as he was hurt blocking a shot. In response, the club recalled forward Mikhail
Grigorenko, the 12th overall pick of the 2012 draft, from the minors.
Buffalo has won six in a row at home and will try to record its first five-
game winning streak since March 19-27, 2012.
However, the Sabres have lost all four of their trips to Winnipeg since the
Jets relocated there from Atlanta and five in a row as the guest in this
Buffalo also has lost eight of its past nine to Winnipeg, including a 2-1
setback at home on Nov. 26. Enroth made 24 saves, while Ondrej Pavelec stopped
Michal Neuvirth is in line to start for the Sabres tonight and is 6-2-1 in his
career versus the Jets with a 2.74 goals against average and .918 save
Bryan Little and Michael Frolik had the goals in the win over the Sabres, a
victory that was part of an eight-game point streak (5-0-3) that the Jets had
snapped with Saturday’s 4-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks.
Little had a power-play goal and Michael Hutchinson made 27 saves for the
Jets, who were coming off a shootout loss to Colorado two nights prior.
The Ducks took control of the game with a three-goal second period.
“In the second period we knew where we were supposed to be, but we didn’t
close fast enough,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said. “The difference in the game
was there was very little indecision in their game. It doesn’t take much for
it to look like there is indecision in our game against a team with that kind
of speed. We just didn’t drive legs hard enough fast enough to take away ice,
and they are very good at that.”
Winnipeg lost the opener of a four-game homestand and Ondrej Pavelec may get
the start tonight. He is 7-3-2 in his career versus the Sabres with a 2.27 GAA
and .925 save percentage.