BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) -- So far this season, the only thing
wrong with the Buffalo Sabres has been their new uniforms.
Other than that, the Sabres have been perfect in winning their
first 10 games. On Saturday, they look to set an NHL record for
consecutive wins to open the season when they host the Atlanta
Buffalo has also won a franchise-record 15 consecutive games
dating back to last season. This campaign, the Sabres have
decisively beaten their opponents, scoring 46 goals while
allowing only 23.
The Sabres' latest victory was a 3-0 triumph over the New York
Islanders on Thursday. Maxim Afinogenov had a goal and an assist
and Ryan Miller stopped 29 shots to record his first shutout of
Afinogenov has six goals and 10 assists in 10 games this season
while Chris Drury is tied for the league lead in goals with 10.
The Thrashers, who have the league's other top goal scorer in
Marian Hossa, will try to rebound from a 3-2 shootout loss to
the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.
Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal and assisted on the tally by Bobby
Holik for the Thrashers, who went 0-for-4 on the power play.
Kovalchuk owns a six-game point streak, collecting seven goals
and six assists during that span.
The two teams split their four-game series last season.