The Sabres wrap up their three-game road trip in San Jose

October 19, 2019 - 2:06 pm

(WGR 550) - The Sabres and Sharks play a home-and-home series for the first time in history. It opens tonight in California with the game in Buffalo scheduled for Tuesday.

With the Sabres win in Los Angeles, Buffalo is 6-1-1. Their 13 points leads Boston by two points, Tampa Bay and Toronto by four, Montreal by five points, Florida by six, Detroit by seven and Ottawa by 10 points.

Conference wise the Sabres are just one point in front of Pittsburgh, Carolina and Washington. Buffalo's points percentage of .813 places them third overall.

The Sabres scored three in Los Angeles and are now seventh in league scoring averaging 3.63 goals per game. San Jose is 24th scoring 2.57 goals per game.

Carter Hutton comes into San Jose with two consecutive shutouts. Buffalo's goaltending is fourth overall at 2.25 goals against per game. Hutton leads the league in goals against at 1.39 and save percentage at .953.

The power play did score against the Kings, but has fallen to third overall at 35.5%. The penalty killing has jumped from 21st to 17th.

Jack Eichel has 10 points and is 10th in league scoring. Victor Olofsson's six goals have him fifth overall.

Rasmus Dahlin is sixth in league assists with eight.

Jeff Skinner hasn't been shy about shooting the puck. His 35 shots in eight games have him third overall.

The Sharks were off to a poor start losing their first four games, but now they're on a three-game winning streak. The wins came against Chicago, Calgary and Carolina. That puts them 24th in league points percentage. San Jose is fourth in penalty killing at 91.7%.

In their three wins San Jose has scored 13 goals. Former Sabre Evander Kane had a hat trick against the Hurricanes by the end of the first period. Kane has four goals and two assists for six points in four games.

Logan Couture is the new Sharks captain and he is tied with Brent Burns for the team scoring lead with seven points. Couture has points in every game except one.

The power play has also fueled them in their wins going 4-for-9.

Martin Jones gave up 12 goals in his first three games, but he's gotten that down to three goals against in his last two.

In his two starts Aaron Dell has allowed seven goals.

Join Brian Koziol for the pregame starting at 9:30.

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