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NHL on NBCSN: Struggling Sabres host slumping Capitals

Jan 28, 2014, 9:26 AM EDT

Marcus Foligno, Tom Wilson AP

NBCSN continues its coverage of the 2013-14 campaign tonight when the Buffalo Sabres host the Washington Capitals at First Niagara Center at 7:30 p.m. ET. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game online.

Things haven’t been great for either the Washington Capitals or the Buffalo Sabres of late.

We saw the Sabres get shut out on the road 3-0 by the Pittsburgh Penguins last night on NBCSN. Ryan Miller did everything he could while Marc-Andre Fleury stoned them. The loss was their sixth in the past seven games. If there’s a silver lining here for Buffalo it comes in the form of the Capitals.

The Caps enter tonight’s tilt losers of seven of the past eight games and 11 of the past 14. Washington’s 5-0 win against Montreal on Saturday night stopped what was a seven-game losing streak and was able to get some positive mojo working for them.

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The wild thing for the Caps? Despite all of the losses, they’re still just three points out of the final wild card spot in the East playoff race. The struggles of the Eastern Conference on the whole are helping keep the Caps (and just about everyone else) in the hunt.

The Caps will have to try to keep the wins coming without Mikhail Grabovski who is out with a lower-body injury. Alex Ovechkin returned against Montreal after missing time with a groin injury and had an immediate impact with a goal and an assist. They’ll also likely catch a break not having to face Miller as he played last night.

Miller earned two shootout wins against the Caps already this season stopping 77 of 79 shots and nine out of nine in the shootout in those two games. Instead, they’ll likely face Jhonas Enroth who has had a strong season as well in spite of his 1-10-4 record. The Capitals will counter with either Braden Holtby or Michal Neuvirth in goal to stop a Sabres offense that’s last in the league.

  1. jpelle82 - Jan 28, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    sabres make it 2 nights in a row on national tv…giddy up. lets see if they lull the caps “to sleep” again. no grabovski i think will have a bigger impact in this game than it did against montreal, i was actually pretty impressed with the sabres’ road game last night. consol is a hard place to get a win and the sabres were in it…if fleury doesnt make those 2 big saves on those d breakdowns in the 3rd its a lot closer or even a different outcome altogether.

  2. buddysguys - Jan 28, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    The Nationaly Televised March to the First Pick!!!

    SAM!!! SAM!!! SAM!!! SAM!!! SAM!!!

  3. buckeye044 - Jan 28, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    They are on quite often. Someone at NBC must be a Sabres fan.

  4. penguins87and71 - Jan 28, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    So why are the Sabers on back to back nights on national tv?

    • anthj99 - Jan 28, 2014 at 5:25 PM

      Cuz the Sabres are friggin awesome!!!

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