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New Jersey Devils vs. Buffalo Sabres Preview and Predictions 12-02-2019


The Buffalo Sabres may be starting to climb out of the doldrums of a prolonged slump and look to extend their point streak to four games when they host the New Jersey Devils on Monday night. The Sabres are 1-0-2 in their last three games after a disappointing 2-1 overtime loss at Toronto on Saturday and own at least a point in four of the last five contests following a frustrating 1-7-1 stretch.

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"I'm really proud of the guys," Buffalo coach Ralph Krueger told reporters Saturday after his team's fifth game in seven days. "This performance on the workload we've had, they sure showed up and played well. First period was outstanding, we let up a little but in the second. We really deserved more than a point here." The Sabres knocked off the Devils 7-2 at home on Oct. 5 during the team's 8-1-1 start as captain Jack Eichel recorded three points, while New Jersey is struggling again after promising stretch in which it gained points in nine of 13 games (7-4-2). The Devils have dropped four of six and went 0-for-8 on the power play in addition to allowing two short-handed goals Saturday in a 4-0 setback against the New York Rangers. "It (stinks)," New Jersey's leading scorer Taylor Hall told reporters. "You just want to see much better from our team, especially in a rivalry game."

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ABOUT THE DEVILS (9-12-4): The Devils are 29th in the league on the power play (12.9 percent) after going 2-for-23 in the last six games and Hall told reporters: "Our breakouts were a little disorganized. When we did get shots, it felt like the goalie saw it." Hall tops the team with 21 points and Kyle Palmieri (16) is second while sharing the club lead with fellow forward Blake Coleman (plus-5 rating) at nine goals. Rookie center Jack Hughes (four goals, 11 points), the first-overall pick in last June's draft, missed Saturday's contest with a lower-body injury and is questionable for the matchup with Buffalo.

ABOUT THE SABRES (12-10-5): Buffalo has been even worse on the power play of late, going 1-for-37 in the past 14 games, and defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen told reporters: "Maybe we just need to get more simple and shoot the puck more." Eichel, who leads the team by a large amount with 16 goals and 35 points, is on another run while making the scoresheet in nine consecutive contests after recording an assist Saturday. Carter Hutton (6-5-3, .908 save percentage) made 41 saves in a strong performance Saturday, but lost his eighth straight decision, and Linus Ullmark (6-5-2, .911 SP) has won two of his last three games.

OVERTIME

1. New Jersey's Mackenzie Blackwood allowed 16 goals in his last four games while fellow G Louis Domingue has stopped 50-of-54 shots since being recalled.

2. Buffalo has also struggled on the penalty kill, sitting 29th out of 31 teams at 74.7 percent entering Sunday.

3. Devils rookie F Jesper Boqvist scored the first two goals of his NHL career in the last three games.

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Last Injuries

Buffalo Sabres

  • Vladimir Sobotka

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Sobotka is on injured reserve due to right knee surgery. A timeline for his recovery has yet to be established.

  • Rasmus Dahlin

    Concussion
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Dahlin has been activated from the injured reserve list after healing from a concussion, and it is anticipated that he will return Thursday versus the Predators.

  • Kyle Okposo

    Concussion
    Prob Sat | I-R

    Okposo has been sent to the injured reserve list with a concussion. His recovery is progressing well and is expected to be activated for Saturday's tilt versus the Canucks.

New Jersey Devils

  • Connor Carrick

    Finger
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Carrick is on the injured reserve list after having surgery to repair a broken pinky finger. A timetable for return has yet to be established.

  • Taylor Hall

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Hall is tending to an unspecified injury, and it is unknown if he will play against the Coyotes on Saturday.

  • Nico Hischier

    Illness
    Prob Fri | I-R

    Hischier has been designated for the injured reserve list due to illness, but it is projected that he will return to action versus the Avalanche on Friday.

  • Matt Tennyson

    Upper Body
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Tennyson has been placed on the injured reserve list with an upper-body injury, and he is without a timetable for return.

  • Sami Vatanen

    Face
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Vatanen left the previous game after being hit in the face by the puck. It is unknown if he will play against the Predators on Saturday.

  • Jack Hughes

    Lower Body
    Prob Fri | probable

    Hughes missed his third consecutive game with a lower-body injury, but it is likely that he will draw back into the lineup against the Blackhawks on Friday.

  • Miles Wood

    Wrist
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Wood exited the previous game with a left wrist injury, and it is unclear if he will play Friday versus the Blackhawks.

buffalo-sabres Stats 2019-2020

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new-jersey-devils Stats 2019-2020

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Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
Statistics
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Assits
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Player GP GS A APP ASH
Defense
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Shutouts
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Time on ice
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS