Washington (3-6-0) at Buffalo (6-2-0), 7:00 pm EDT
ROCHESTER, New York (Ticker) -- One of the top home teams in
the NHL, the Buffalo Sabres will try to translate that success
just a short drive up the New York State Thruway.
The Sabres will host the Washington Capitals on Wednesday at
Blue Cross Arena, the home of Buffalo's American Hockey League
affiliate, the Rochester Americans.
Just a little over 70 miles from home, Buffalo will attempt to
build on the top home record in the Eastern Conference (4-0-0).
In their best home start since 1975-76 when they won their first
six at Memorial Auditorium, the Sabres have outscored
opponents, 16-8, at HSBC Arena.
Ryan Miller made 22 saves and three players scored for Buffalo
in a 3-1 win over the New York Rangers on Saturday. Miller is
seeking his seventh win this month, a feat that would match Ed
Belfour's 1990 rookie record for most victories in October.
Co-captain Daniel Briere notched his team-leading seventh goal
and defenseman Rory Fitzpatrick provided the go-ahead tally in
the second period. Briere has five goals in his last four games
and five points (two goals, three assists) in four home games.
The 28-year-old center may have a field day against the
Capitals, who have allowed 40 goals, the second-highest total in
the league. Washington fell for the fourth time in its last
five games Saturday, a 4-0 loss to Carolina at home.
The Capitals were dominated throughout the contest and outshot,
41-18, making things difficult for Olaf Kolzig, who made 37
saves. Three of the Hurricanes' goals were scored with a man
advantage, increasing Washington's league-leading total to 19
power-play goals allowed.
The Capitals, who are 0-3-0 on the road, lost all four meetings
with the Sabres in 2003-04.