Ottawa (18-25-8) at Buffalo (28-20-6), 7:30 p.m. EST
BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) — Considering their position in the
Eastern Conference, carrying on without All-Star Thomas Vanek
will be a difficult task for the Buffalo Sabres.
Slated to play their first game since Vanek suffered a fractured
jaw, the Sabres look to bounce back from a loss when they host
the Ottawa Senators in the second part of a home-and-home series
Vanek underwent surgery on his fractured jaw on Sunday and is
expected to miss at least three weeks. The left wing suffered
the injury during Saturday’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Ottawa
Prior to the injury, he had missed only one regular-season game
in his four-year career, and that came when he was a healthy
scratch in Toronto on April 3, 2006. The Austrian leads Buffalo
with 32 tallies and 52 points.
Goaltender Ryan Miller has been spectacular of late for the
Sabres, who are holding a slim lead on the seventh spot in the
East with 62 points. Miller has surrendered two or fewer goals
in each of his last four starts.
Ottawa snapped a four-game skid by defeating Buffalo, 3-2, in a
shootout on Saturday.
Mike Fisher scored the decisive goal in the fourth round of the
bonus format, Nick Foligno and Antoine Vermette tallied in
regulation while rookie Brian Elliott made 28 saves for the
Senators, who helped coach Cory Clouston notch his first NHL
Ottawa had gone 0-1-1 since Clouston replaced the fired Craig
Hartsburg on Monday.