The St. Louis Blues and Buffalo Sabres meet Monday night at the First Niagara Center.
The young Buffalo Sabres are losing a bit of momentum after a very promising stretch and look to regain their footing with a three-game homestand that begins with Monday’s contest against the St. Louis Blues.
Buffalo had won five of six games before going winless in the last four (0-2-2) while managing only four goals during that span.Leading scorer Ryan O’Reilly has three goals in four games, but many of the other key offensive weapons have gone cold for the Sabres during their slide.
The Blues could use a boost as well after winning only two of their last six contests (2-3-1), including their seventh consecutive victory over Buffalo – 3-2 in a shootout on Thursday.
The St. Louis Blues look for a strong road win after splitting their last 10 games. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17.1 percent of their power plays. Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with 13 goals, Alexander Steen has nine assists and Colton Parayko has 47 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 85 percent of their power play chances. Jake Allen has allowed 29 goals on 414 shots faced and Brian Elliott has given up 19 goals on 187 shots. Allen has given up eight goals in his last three games.
The Buffalo Sabres need a win here to snap a four-game losing streak. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.1 goals per game and are scoring on 21.5 percent of their power plays. Ryan O’Reilly leads Buffalo with seven goals, Rasmus Ristolainen has eight assists and Jack Eichel has 67 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 73.6 percent of their power play chances. Linus Ullmark has allowed 17 goals on 229 shots faced and Chad Johnson has given up 33 goals on 332 shots. Johnson has allowed six goals in his last three games. Mark Pysyk is doubtful with a lower-body injury.
The Blues are 57-19 in their last 76 vs. a team with a losing record and 7-3 in their last 10 road games. The Sabres are 22-48 in their last 70 home games and 15-46 in their last 61 vs. Western Conference. The Blues are 9-1 in the last 10 meetings in Buffalo and 17-2 in the last 19 meetings overall.