Jhonas Enroth gets the call in goal. This will be his fourth game in 11. Rolston said, “His confidence is a lot better than it was. He’s been battling, he’s been very quick, he’s been tracking pucks very well and he’s prepared himself with his confidence where he feels good about going in the net now.”
Since Rolston’s arrived Enroth is 2-0-1 with a 1.66 goals against and .948 save percentage. Rolston said, “He had went a long time there without winning a game and mentally more than anything it was something that to go in there and just have a solid performance, whether it was a win or a loss, but just to start feeling good about there his game was at and he’s been able to do that.”
Brian Flynn is returning after being a healthy scratch for one game. John Scott and Mark Pysyk are the healthy scratches.
Flynn scored three goals in his first eight games in Buffalo, but hasn’t scored in four. He has three goals and two assists in 12 games. Flynn seemed to be making more mistakes. Rolston said, “I just think his energy more than anything lately was a little down so, just building that back up and being ready to go here for the last push.”
If you still have the standings in mind, both teams along with Tampa have 31 points which ties them for 11th. Carolina is in 10th one point ahead, the Islanders hold down 9th, four points in front while the Rangers are 8th, also four points ahead.
Buffalo had won three games in a row before losing to Tampa Bay and Florida. Washington had won three in a row too, but lost last time out at home to the Islanders.
Both teams have power play goals in five out of six games.
Alex Ovechkin is finally rolling with points in six straight games. He has six goals and four assists for 10 points in those six games. His 32 points ranks him 18th in league scoring.
The Caps got Mike Ribeiro from Dallas and he has 35 points which puts him 9th in the NHL. His 24 assists rank him 6th overall.
Under Ron Rolston the Sabres have given up 18 power play goals. They kill at a 73.1% rate since Rolston arrived. Overall Buffalo’s 27th on the PK at 77%. They’ll face the league’s second best power play in the Caps. Washington runs at 24.1% efficiency. The last place Sabres power play is 12.9%.