The Colorado Avalanche (28-16-6, 62 points) head to upstate New York Tuesday to play the Buffalo Sabres (23-22-7, 53 points). The Avalanche were defeated by the Philadelphia Flyers 6-3 in their last outing. The loss kept Colorado eight points behind first-place St.Louis in the Central Division and tied with Dallas in second place.
Buffalo defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 in their most recent game and snapped a three-game losing streak in the process. The Sabres are in 6th Place in the Atlantic division two points behind 4th place Montreal but far off the pace for playoff contention. Buffalo is 4-5 in the last nine games played at home.
Colorado Desperate for victoriesThe Avalanche had their three-game winning streak snapped by the Flyers but Colorado has won just three of its last eight and five of its last 13. Colorado remains in second place in the Central Division but Dallas is tied with the Avalanche and the Chicago Blackhawks are creeping closer as they're just six points back.
Nathan MacKinnon is the stats leader for Colorado leading the Avalanche in goals with 30, assists with 42 and total points with 72. Colorado is allowing an average of 2.96 goals-per-game and scores 3.64 goals per game. Colorado's power play has a success rate of 18.9% while the penalty kill is successful 79.1% of the time
Buffalo becoming irrelevant in the Eastern Conference
The Buffalo Sabres were victorious in their most recent outing but had lost three straight prior to that and are well off the pace in playoff contention. The Sabres are in 13th Place in the Eastern Conference and 10 points behind the eighth and final spot currently held by the Carolina Hurricanes.
Buffalo’s Jack Eichel is the stats leader for the Sabres. The Sabres center is leading the team in goals scored with 31 as well as assists with 34 and total points with 65. Buffalo is allowing an average of 3.08 goals per game and the offense is generating just 2 .87 goals-per-game. Buffalo's penalty-kill is successful 74.5% of the time and its power play has a success rate of 19.6%
- Buffalo is 3-9 in the last 12 on Tuesday
- The Sabres are 25-70 in the last 95 versus a team from the Central division.
- Colorado is 4-0 in the last four versus a team from the Atlantic division
- The Avalanche are 6-2 in the last eight after giving up 5 goals or more during the last game