Sabres look to continue their winning ways in Dallas

January 16, 2020 - 2:20 pm
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Dallas, Texas (WGR 550) - Despite winning four out of six games, the Sabres walk into Dallas on Thursday seven points behind Toronto, Carolina and Philadelphia for a playoff spot. Buffalo is five behind Columbus and four points back of Florida too.

One of the reasons for recent success has been the power play has woken up. The Sabres have risen from 23rd to 16th overall thanks to a 6-for-14 run in their last five games. In seven games, Buffalo has killed off 11-of-13 penalties, but are still 28th overall.

Buffalo has also had no trouble scoring goals in its last two games, netting nine against Detroit and Vegas.

Buffalo is 2-8-0 in its last 10 meetings against the Stars, but one of those wins was a 47-save shutout by Carter Hutton against Dallas in Buffalo earlier this season.

Buffalo last won in Dallas almost 11 years ago to the day.

Jack Eichel has points in eight straight games, which has him seventh in league scoring with 61 points in 46 games. That pace would give him 109 points this season.

Sam Reinhart usually gets hot after the first of the year, and this season is no different. He has four goals and four assists for eight points in six games in 2020.

Curtis Lazar is forming a role on this team and also chipping in with six points in eight games.

The last two games have been examples of Linus Ullmark making the big save when his team needed it. It's something he's been very inconsistent with this season. Ullmark gets the start in net. He's 15-12-3 with a 2.78 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage. Ullmark has only given up three goals in his last two games.

When Dallas came to Buffalo in October, Ben Bishop had never lost to the Sabres. He gave up four in that game, but is still 12-1-1 against the Sabres with a 1.55 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage.

Overall, Bishop is 16-9-3 this season with a 2.23 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage. Bishop's save percentage in second overall in the NHL.

Dallas is second in the Central Division, 10 points behind St. Louis and two points in front of Colorado. The Stars are also on a great streak that has seen seven wins in eight games. They've been winning with goaltending as they've only allowed 12 goals in eight games. Dallas leads the NHL in goals-against average, allowing 2.33 goals per-game. The next best team is Boston at 2.52.

Dallas has a power play goal in six straight games, going 8-of-17 and have been perfect on the penalty kill in four straight.

Since Rick Bowness became the Stars' interim coach on Dec. 10, the team has a 10-4-1 record.

Esa Lindell has been on a good streak lately, picking up 10 points in 10 games.

Dallas is 24th in league scoring and their leading scorer, Tyler Seguin only has 11 goals and 35 points in 46 games. This is a team that does it with defense, not offense.

Join Brian Koziol for the pregame at 7:30 when he'll be joined by Ralph Krueger, Lazar and Rasmus Ristolainen.

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