The Buffalo Sabres suffered another loss on Tuesday, as the Winnipeg Jets got the best of them in their third straight home game. A goal from Jason Pominville was a positive sign for a struggling Sabres offense but there was little other good news. Even though the Sabres defense allowed fewer than 30 shots for the first time in five games, two goals got past Buffalo netminder Ryan Miller, which was enough for the win. The Sabres have now lost four of their last five games and continue to sit in last place in the Northeast Division.
Pominville’s goal was his seventh of the season, but his first in two weeks. After a hot start to the season (12 points in seven January games), Pominville was on a six-game scoring drought before Tuesday’s game. He is tied with Cody Hodgson for second on the team in scoring, and if they’re going to turn their season around the Sabres will need him to keep scoring. Thomas Vanek, who leads the team with 25 points, was held off the stat sheet for only the fifth time this season. The Buffalo power play was 0-for-3 against the Jets which marked the fifth time in six games they have been unable to convert with the man-advantage. The game against Winnipeg also marked the third time in five games that a potent Buffalo offense managed just one goal or less.
While it’s good news for the Sabres that Pominville seems to have found his scoring touch again, that seems to be about the only good news the team can take away from another disappointing loss.