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Buffalo Sabres at Dallas Stars

Saturday October 30

7:00 p.m.

TV: TXA 21

Radio: KTCK

About the Stars

The Stars (5-4-0) fell to 0-3-0 on their current homestand after a 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings Thursday night. It was the Stars’ second straight loss by a 5-2 score.

“To be quite truthful, what I don’t like is that we beat ourselves in these last two games. I thought we learned the lesson in the last game and we didn’t,” said Stars coach Marc Crawford. “We have to smarten up. We have to learn the lesson that this is a league where you cannot even take a shift off. If we think that we’re so good that we think we can out skill teams and we can beat teams with pure skill, we are sadly mistaken. Our team has to commit to do the right things 60 minutes every game.”

Crawford wouldn’t announce a starting goalie on Friday but appeared to be leaning towards Kari Lehtonen, who was pulled in the third period of Thursday’s game.

Defenseman Stephane Robidas, who served a one-game suspension on Thursday, will return to the lineup Saturday.

Injuries: None.

About the Sabres

The Sabres are coming off a 4-3 overtime loss in Atlanta Friday night. Buffalo sent the game to OT when Derek Roy scored with just 7.3 seconds remaining to tie the game. But Atlanta’s Dustin Byfuglien scored with 29 seconds left in overtime to give the Thrashers the extra point.

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff opted to scratch captain Craig Rivet for Friday’s game.

"I put a lot of thought into it. I said the guys that are playing the best are going to have to play,” Ruff told the Buffalo News. “Right now we’re 3-6-2. We got a point. If the six [defensemen] that are going are playing well, they’re going to stay in.

"He just hasn’t played well enough, hasn’t played well enough. That’s just the bottom line. He missed training camp, and it just seems like he’s a step behind right now.”

Saturday’s game concludes a four-game road trip for the Sabres, who are 1-1-1 in the first three games.

Injuries: F Jason Pominville (concussion) is out.

Series Notes

  • This is the first and only meeting between the two teams this season.

  • The Sabres won last season’s meeting, which was in Buffalo, 5-3.

  • The Stars are 0-4-1 in their last five meetings with the Sabres and have not beaten them since March 31, 2003.

Statistical Tidbits

  • The Stars have been outscored 11-4 during their three-game losing streak.

  • The Stars have allowed five goals in three of their last five games.

  • The Sabres have allowed four goals or more in four of their last six games.

  • The Stars have been outscored 5-1 in the second period over the last two games.

  • Buffalo has been outscored 15-8 in second periods this season.

  • The Sabres have allowed seven power play goals in their last four games.

Statistical matchup

Statistical matchup between the Dallas Stars and Buffalo Sabres