– Anze Kopitar has recorded three goals and seven assists in his last ten games.
– Only three players on the Sabres’ roster are coming into tonight’s game with an even or positive plus/minus rating.
The Buffalo Sabres are in town for the game tonight. The Sabres are in the middle of their three game road trip along the coast. The Kings are coming into the game with plenty of rest, having played their last game five days ago. That game a 4-3 loss to the Nashville Predators. The Sabres are coming in after a 5-4 shootout victory over the San Jose Sharks.
It should be a good time for the Kings to rebound from their loss to the Predators. The Sabres sport the worst record in the league at the moment and have yet to win consecutive games this season. However if they have any hopes of pulling out the win they will have to figure out Ryan Miller.
Despite the Sabres’ lackluster start Miller has been one of the few bright spots for an organizations that seems to be destined for a good shot at the number one selection in the upcoming draft. Miller faced 51 shots in the Sabres win against the Sharks and gives his team a chance to win every game. Whether or not the guys in front of him actually act on that effort is a different story.
Coming into the game the Sabres have allowed the most goals per game in the league, so the Kings should be able to have their way with Buffalo. But they will likely have to do so without their offensive star, Jeff Carter. Carter went down with an injury some time ago and is not expected to be ready to go by game time.
This is somewhat of a homecoming for Robyn Regehr who will be playing his former team for the first time since joining the Kings. Kings forward Anze Kopitar will look to continue his hot streak that has seen him record ten points in his last ten games.
This is the first of two meeting between the two teams over the next five days, so look for both teams to use this game to send a message before their second match up on Tuesday.
The Kings will host the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday and the Sabres will conclude their road trip in Anaheim tomorrow against the Ducks.