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The Blachawks look to sweep the back to back set versus teams from the state of New York with a win over the Buffalo Sabres.

Jonathan Daniel

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Chicago Blackhawks (5 pts 2-1-1) vs Buffalo Sabres (1 pt 0-4-1)

7pm United Center - Chicago, IL

TV: WGN (NHLN-US)

Radio : 720 AM WGN

Blackhawks last game : W 3-2 vs Islanders

Sabres last game : L 1-4 vs Blue Jackets

Enemy Territory : Die By The Blade

Season Series/Schdule

DATE SCORE W. GOAL
Mar 08 '14
Oct 11 '13

71 : Number of penalty minutes John Scott as accumulated in 36 games in Buffalo.

25 : Number of different line combinations Coach Q used last versus the Islanders

18 : Number of back to back games the Blackhawks will play this year, this is the only one where both games are at home.

14 : Number years since the last time the Hawks played the Sabres without Lindy Ruff behind their bench.

11.1 : Conversion rate for the Sabres power play (2 for 18). Should be a good night for the penalty kill to gain some confidence.

7 : Number of goals the Sabres have given up in the 1st period after 5 games.

4 : Number of career suspensions for Patrick Kaleta, who miss tonight's game while waiting for an in person meeting with Brendan Shanahan for his hit to the head of Jack Johnson.

3 : Number of goals the Hawks have given up in the final minute of a period this year.

2.02 : Ryan Miller's career goals against average against the Blackhawks in 3 games.

2 : Number points, both assists, in 7 career NHL games for Brandon Pirri who was recalled last night from Rockford.

30-18-6-1 : Blackhawks all time record versus the Sabres in Chicago.

Probable Blackhawks Lineup

Forwards

Bryan Bickell - Jonathan Toews - Patrick Kane
Patrick SharpMarcus Kruger - Marian Hossa
Joakim Nordstrom - Andrew Shaw - Brandon Saad
Brandon Bollig - Brandon Pirri - Ben Smith

Defensive Pairings

Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook
Johnny Oduya - Niklas Hjalmarsson
Nick Leddy - Michal Rozsival

Goaltender

Corey Crawford (1-1-1, 2.93 GAA, .890 save %, 0 SO)

Injuries

None

Leading Scorers

PLAYER GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
P. Kane 4 3 1 4 -2 2 1 0
B. Saad 4 2 2 4 2 0 1 0
J. Toews 4 2 2 4 0 4 1 0
N. Hjalmarsson 4 0 4 4 5 2 0 0
D. Keith 4 0 3 3 -3 0 0 0

Probable Sabres Lineup

Forwards

Thomas Vanek - Cody Hodgson - Steve Ott
Marcus Foligno - Tyler Ennis - Drew Stafford
Zemgus Girgensons - Johan Larsson - Brian Flynn
Cody McCormick - Mikhail Grigorenko - John Scott

Defensive Pairings

Christian Ehrhoff - Mark Pysyk
Jamie McBain - Tyler Myers
Alexander Sulzer - Rasmus Ristolainen

Goaltender

Ryan Miller (0-3-0, 2.37 GAA, .938 save %, 0 SO)

Injuries

Nikita Zadorov (hand) questionable, Ville Leino (ribs) out, Corey Tropp (jaw) out, Henrik Tallinder (upper body) out.

Leading Scorers

PLAYER GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
T. Vanek 5 2 2 4 -4 4 0 0
C. Hodgson 5 1 3 4 -4 0 1 0
J. McBain 3 1 1 2 -1 0 1 0
Z. Girgensons 5 1 0 1 -3 0 0 0
S. Ott 5 0 1 1 0 5 0 0

Team Stats

TEAMS GP RECORD HOME AWAY L10 G/G GA/G PP% PK% PIM/G S/G S/A FO%
BUF 5 0-4-1 0-2-1 0-2-0 0-4-1 1 2.8 11.1 93.3 12 25.2 36.4 44.9
CHI 4 2/1/2001 2-0-1 0-1-0 2/1/2001 3.25 2.75 26.7 54.6 8.2 32.2 25.2 50.6