Final OT

Series (Game 4 of 6)

Buffalo leads 5-1

Game 1: Friday, October 8th
Game 2: Friday, October 22nd
Game 3: Saturday, December 4th
Game 4: Tuesday, January 25th
Game 5: Friday, February 25th
Game 6: Sunday, March 13th

Sabres 3

(23-21-5, 51 pts)

Senators 2

(17-25-8, 42 pts)

7:30 PM ET, January 25, 2011

Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

1 2 3 OT T
BUF 2 0 0 13
OTT 1 0 1 02

R. Miller (Sabres - G): Saves: 27, Save Pct.: .931

C. Kelly (Senators - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

P. Byron (Sabres - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Sabres-Senators Preview


The Ottawa Senators are at the bottom of the Northeast Division, and on the verge of their longest home losing streak in 14 years.

The Senators will try to head into the All-Star break on a positive note by ending a pair of slides against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.

Ottawa (17-25-7) is 1-8-3 in its last 12 games, losing all six at Scotiabank Place in that stretch while getting outscored 23-6. A defeat to Buffalo (22-21-5) would give the Senators their longest home losing streak since a 10-game skid Nov. 30, 1995-Jan. 25, 1996.

They're 9-14-3 at home, and have won twice in the last 14 games there (2-9-3).

"You can't go around feeling sorry for yourself," said captain Daniel Alfredsson, who has one goal and one assist in eight games and no goals in five. "We put ourselves in this position and we're going to keep working and trying to turn things around."

There were few signs of that happening Friday, as Ottawa was routed 7-1 by visiting Montreal for its fifth straight loss. That dismal effort came a night after a 6-2 loss at Philadelphia.

"We're trying to win our next game," coach Cory Clouston told the team's official website. "I still look at it, from a coaching perspective, that we're going to try to make sure our guys are as prepared as they possible can be to win the next game. That's how we have to approach it, as a day-by-day and game-by-game situation and try to put some wins together."

Scoring has been a major problem for the Senators, whose 106 goals rank better than only New Jersey's league-low 100. Ottawa has been blanked six times, one fewer than San Jose and Toronto for most in the NHL.

One of those shutouts came in a 1-0 shootout loss to the Sabres on Dec. 4. Buffalo's Ryan Miller stopped 32 shots through overtime and two more in the tiebreaker in that game.

Miller, who will likely face the Senators again, has won Buffalo's last three visits to Ottawa behind a 0.97 goals-against average.

The reigning Vezina Trophy winner is coming off a 31-save performance in Sunday's 5-3 win over the New York Islanders to help Buffalo gain a split of the home-and-home set. It was also an improved effort from Miller, who was pulled midway through the first period two nights prior after allowing two goals on 10 shots in a 5-2 loss.

"I got the feeling that wasn't about me," Miller said of being pulled Friday. "It was just a couple of tough bounces to start the game. I wanted to just re-establish my game."

Sabres leading scorer Thomas Vanek is nursing an undisclosed upper-body injury that limited him to 13 minutes of ice time Sunday. Vanek has no points in the last two games after collecting two in each of the previous four.

Vanek had a career-high four goals in a 5-2 win at Ottawa on April 10, but hasn't scored in three meetings since. However, he had the decisive shootout goal Dec. 4.

Center Nathan Gerbe has four goals in his last three games.