The Flames, winners of eight of their past 10 home games, will no doubt be anxious to atone for their collapse in the desert against the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night. Having taken six minor penalties in the third period alone against the Coyotes, look for the Flames to come out and play a more disciplined game.
Despite possessing the second-worst record in the Western Conference, the Flames have been providing their fans with glimmers of optimism with their home play over the past nine weeks. While the Flames have had their struggles scoring goals, as evidenced by their second-worst ‘goals for’ total in the Western Conference, the Flames have scored a respectable 38 goals over their past 10 home games.
With the deadline trade of Ryan Miller and Steve Ott to the St. Louis Blues, it’s tough to see how Buffalo could possibly crawl out of the cellar as the NHL‘s worst team. The Sabres have only won one of their last seven trips away from home, being outscored a combined 24-11. With Jhonas Enroth sustaining a lower-body injury Sunday against the Montreal Canadiens and newcomer Michal Neuvirth also struggling to overcome his own lower-body injury, Nathan Lieuwen will make his first career NHL start between the pipes tonight for Buffalo.
Welcoming the Sabres to town could be just what the doctor ordered as the Flames seek to continue their impressive home form and take positives from their remaining games.