Preview: Buffalo at Columbus

When: 7:00 PM  ET, Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Matchup Edge
BUF Edge in: CLB
Offense
Defense
Power Play
Penalty Kill
Face Offs
Discipline
Goaltending


The Columbus Blue Jackets hope to regain their scoring touch as they continue their quest for a division crown Tuesday, when they host the Buffalo Sabres. Columbus, which trails Washington by three points for first place in the Metropolitan with eight games remaining, has produced a total of four goals over its last three contests - going 1-1-1 in that span.

Cam Atkinson leads the Blue Jackets with a career-high 33 goals but has recorded only one in his last six contests. Buffalo is on the verge of missing the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season despite winning four of its last five games. The Sabres concluded a 2-1-0 homestand Monday with a 4-2 triumph over Florida as captain Brian Gionta celebrated his 1,000th career game by scoring the winning goal. Jack Eichel leads Buffalo with 55 points after registering five in his last two contests.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, MSG (Buffalo), FSN Ohio (Columbus)

ABOUT THE SABRES (32-32-12): Gionta is the 312th player to appear in 1,000 NHL games but just the 43rd born in the United States. The 38-year-old is the 10th to hit the milestone as a member of the Sabres and first since Mike Grier accomplished the feat on Nov. 3, 2010. Evander Kane leads the team with 26 goals but has scored only one in his last seven contests.

ABOUT THE BLUE JACKETS (48-19-7): Sergei Bobrovsky, who was named Columbus' nominee for the Bill Masterton Trophy, is 9-0-2 in his last 11 starts. The 28-year-old Russian has allowed fewer than two goals eight times in that span, posting four of his career-high seven shutouts along the way. Oliver Bjorkstrand is doubtful to face Buffalo as he has missed two games with an undisclosed injury and did not participate in practice on Monday.

OVERTIME

1. Sabres C Ryan O'Reilly is one away from reaching the 20-goal plateau for the second straight season and third in his career.

2. Columbus is 8-0-0 at home on Tuesdays this season.

3. The teams split a home-and-home series earlier this month, with each winning in its own building.

PREDICTION: Blue Jackets 4, Sabres 1

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Buffalo 32-32-6-6 W2 19-13-3-3 13-19-3-3 6-4-0-0 26-28-6-6 12-10-0-4
Columbus 48-19-5-2 W1 27-10-1-0 21-9-4-2 12-0-0-0 36-19-5-2 18-6-1-1

Last Meeting

Buffalo Columbus
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
3/11/17 CLB 3 BUF 5 31 33 2-5 36 26 0-3

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
BUF J. Eichel 2
CLB S. Gagner 2
Goals Player  
BUF J. Eichel 1
CLB O. Bjorkstrand 1
Assists Player  
BUF R. Ristolainen 2
CLB S. Gagner 2
Saves Player  
BUF R. Lehner 24
CLB J. Korpisalo 26
Season
Total Points Player  
BUF J. Eichel 55
CLB C. Atkinson 60
Goals Player  
BUF E. Kane 26
CLB C. Atkinson 33
Assists Player  
BUF R. Ristolainen 39
CLB A. Wennberg 42
Saves Player  
BUF R. Lehner 1669
CLB S. Bobrovsky 1595

Quickchart Matchup

Buffalo Off vs  Columbus Def
2.5 GF
2.28 GA
30.3 Shots
30.4 Shots
56 PP
34 PK
Columbus Off vs  Buffalo Def
3.11 GF
2.79 GA
30.9 Shots
34.3 Shots
41 PP
51 PK

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Buffalo Overall Columbus
32-32-6-6 W/L 48-19-5-2
48-28 ATS 37-37
34-35 O/U 30-39
2.50 Goals For 3.11
2.79 Goals Agnst 2.28
Buffalo A/H Columbus
13-19-3-3 W/L 27-10-1-0
25-13 ATS 16-22
18-16 O/U 15-23
2.37 Goals For 3.16
2.97 Goals Agnst 2.05