banner

NHL

more stats

NHL Preview from The Sports Network



Thursday, March 27th (All times Eastern)

Buffalo Sabres (20-44-8) at Nashville Predators (31-31-11), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Nashville Predators look to win for the first time in their past seven home games on Thursday night as they take on the basement- dwelling Buffalo Sabres.

The Predators have not won at home since Feb. 27, dropping five straight in regulation before Tuesday's 5-4 shootout setback to the Colorado Avalanche. Nashville failed to hold a number of leads in the game, including two in the third period.

Nashville's current rut at home has contributed to the club falling nine points back of a playoff spot with nine games to play.

Matt Cullen and Roman Josi both had two goals for the Predators, who fell to 15-17-5 at home on the season and have lost four of their last six overall. Pekka Rinne made 24 saves.

"We didn't make strong plays when we had those leads," said Nashville head coach Barry Trotz.

Forward Calle Jarnkrok, who the Predators acquired from the Detroit Red Wings prior to the trade deadline for David Legwand, notched an assist in the loss and has a helper in each of his first three NHL games.

But while Jarnkrok is seeking to get comfortable with Nashville, rookie defenseman Seth Jones missed his first game of the season due to concussion- like symptoms.

While Nashville's playoff chances are fading, the Sabres have known for a while they will not be playing postseason hockey. They are last in the NHL with 48 points and have lost nine of their last 10 games.

Buffalo was shut out for the 10th time this season with Tuesday's 2-0 setback to the Montreal Canadiens. The Sabres fell to 8-24-3 on the road this season as well.

Matt Hackett, making just his second start of the season, stopped 33 shots in a tough-luck loss that dropped the Sabres to 1-3-0 on a five-game swing.

"We battled really hard," Buffalo defenseman Christian Ehrhoff said. "We were in the game most of the time."

Hackett is expected to make his 11th career start tonight and first versus the Predators as Buffalo netminders Jhonas Enroth and Michal Neuvirth both remain out with lower-body injuries.

Forward Torrey Mitchell also is likely out for tonight with an undisclosed injury, while Tyler Myers is questionable after missing practice on Wednesday.

Myers returned on Tuesday from a five-game absence caused by an elbow issue and left the game briefly in the third period after crashing into the post.

The Sabres lost a 4-1 decision at home to the Predators on March 11, but have won their last three trips to Nashville.

Buffalo has not lost in the Music City since Nov. 29, 2003, but is likely to go up against Rinne tonight and he is 1-1-0 lifetime versus the Sabres with a 0.50 goals against average and one shutout.

03/27 10:53:49 ET

Other Stories

Hurricanes

Hurricanes Oilers Hockey 2
Eberle powers Oilers past Hurricanes 6-3

It was just last week that the Edmonton Oilers and Carolina Hurricanes were the two remaining teams without a win in the NHL.

Related Stories
  • ACC: North Carolina at Virginia

    Today at 12:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • World Series: Kansas City at San Francisco

    Tonight at 7:30 on FOX50

  • NFL: Seattle at Carolina

    Tomorrow at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Indianapolis at Pittsburgh

    Tomorrow at 4:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Logan Zone with Steve Logan

    Today at 10:00 am on 99.9 The Fan

  • Big Ten: Michigan at Michigan State

    Today at 3:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • World Series: Kansas City at San Francisco

    Tonight at 7:00 on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks

    Tomorrow at 1:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
EDM 6
CAR 3
12:30pm Today
UVA
UNC
2:00pm Today
NCCU
SAVST
 
Final
SFG 2
KAN 3
8:07pm Tonight
SFG
KAN
 
Final
ORL 92
DAL 117
Final
TOR 83
NYK 80
Final
MEM 98
MIA 104
Final
CHI 112
MIN 113
Final
HOU 96
SAN 87
Final
UTA 100
PHO 105
Final
LAL 92
SAC 93
Final
GSW 119
DEN 112
Final
LAC 89
POR 99
Final
CIN 34
SFLA 17
Final
SALABAMA 27
TROY 13
Final
BSU 55
BYU 30
Final
CAL 41
OREG 59
12:00pm Today
WISC
MD
12:00pm Today
SMU
MEM
12:00pm Today
ILL
MINN
12:00pm Today
RICE
UNT
12:00pm Today
NEB
RUTG
12:00pm Today
KST
TEX
12:00pm Today
ARK
UAB
12:30pm Today
UVA
UNC
1:00pm Today
EMICH
NILL
1:00pm Today
NAVY
SJST
2:00pm Today
BST
AKR
2:00pm Today
GASTATE
GASO
2:00pm Today
TOL
UMASS
2:00pm Today
WMICH
OHIO
2:00pm Today
COL
UCLA
2:30pm Today
UMO
KSU
3:30pm Today
WAKE
BC
3:30pm Today
BUF
CMICH
3:30pm Today
MARS
FATL
3:30pm Today
PITT
GT
3:30pm Today
SMISS
LATU
3:30pm Today
MSU
MICH
3:30pm Today
KENT
MSST
3:30pm Today
STAN
ORST
3:30pm Today
TCU
TTU
3:30pm Today
OKST
WVU
4:00pm Today
WKENT
ODU
4:00pm Today
UTST
UNLV
4:00pm Today
MIZZ
VANDY
5:00pm Tonight
UCF
TEMPL
6:00pm Tonight
WASU
ARZ
7:00pm Tonight
CLEM
SYR
7:00pm Tonight
LAMON
TXST
7:00pm Tonight
TXSANANTO
UTEP
7:00pm Tonight
COLST
WYO
7:15pm Tonight
LSU
MISS
7:30pm Tonight
TENN
ALA
7:30pm Tonight
AUB
SCAR
8:00pm Tonight
PSU
OSU
10:00pm Tonight
UTAH
USC
10:45pm Tonight
WASH
ARST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
NEV
Final
NJD 2
DAL 3
Final
WIN 2
TAM 4
Final
COL 7
VAN 3
Final
EDM 6
CAR 3
Final
ANA 4
CLB 1
4:00pm Today
SJS
BUF
 
7:00pm Tonight
TOR
BOS
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYI
DAL
 
7:00pm Tonight
PHI
DET
 
7:00pm Tonight
OTT
NJD
 
7:00pm Tonight
MON
NYR
 
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
 
8:00pm Tonight
NAS
PIT
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
TAM
 
9:00pm Tonight
ARI
FLA
 
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
WAS
 
2:00pm Today
NCCU
SAVST