Ottawa Senators (11-14-5) at Buffalo Sabres (6-22-2)
|Date & Time||Tuesday December 10, 2013, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +119 / Ottawa Senators -131 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Ottawa Senators look for their second win in as many nights as they travel to Buffalo to take on the Sabres less than 24 hours after defeating the Flyers in a shootout.
The Senators finally snapped their shootout woes and came away victorious last night against the Philadelphia Flyers in a 5-4 high scoring affair between two struggling teams. The Senators were reeling after a tough shootout loss to the Maple Leafs on Saturday but they responded nicely as their offense woke up and netted four goals in regulation and did enough in the shootout to earn the second point. Now the Sens take to the road playing their third game in four nights which should give us a Robin Lehner sighting as Craig Anderson has played the last two and against a Sabres team who has the worst record in the game the Sens should feel confident in starting the young Swedish net minder. Ottawa can close the gap to four points on the Maple Leafs in the division with a victory but the Sabres will be well rested and aiming for a rare home ice victory.
The Sabres have been the laughing stock of the league so far this season as they have the worst record far and away and have just six victories in 30 tries this season for a winning percentage of a paltry 20%. Buffalo has already unloaded both on and off the ice and it will come as no surprise when the team makes even more moves throughout the season, at the trade deadline, and in the offseason. The addition of Matt Moulson adds to an exciting young group of forwards that have the potential to be the cornerstones of the team moving forward but they are still a number of pieces away from being relevant and this will certainly be a character tester as the team goes through some harsh times. While I am tempted to take the home team here as these teams are both struggling I think the insertion of Lehner here for the Sens gives them a big edge and I see that being the difference as Ottawa wins again.