Columbus (7-7-2) at Buffalo (9-3-3) 7:30 p.m. EST
BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) — The Columbus Blue Jackets hope to
do something no Western Conference team has been able to do this
season, register a regulation victory over the Buffalo Sabres.
Buffalo has taken at least a point in all four of its matchups
with West foes and will look to continue that streak when it
faces Columbus on Friday.
The Sabres are 3-0-1 against the West, including a 4-3 win over
St. Louis on Wednesday.
Adam Mair, Tim Connolly and Jason Pominville scored less than
three minutes apart early in the first period to chase Blues
goaltender Manny Legace from the game just 5:18 after the
opening whistle and the Sabres held on for the win.
Buffalo’s lone defeat to a team from the West came on October
25, a 2-1, shootout loss to Colorado.
Columbus, which had not won consecutive games over its first 12
contests, had a three-game winning streak snapped in a 5-2 loss
to Phoenix on Wednesday.
Rookie netminder Steve Mason won all three games during the
streak, his first appearances in the NHL, but allowed four goals
on 29 shots against the Coyotes to suffer his first loss.