STARS vs SABRES Watch Live Stream Online & Listen: Live Coverage from Buffalo
Today at 7:00 p.m. ET, the Dallas Stars (4-5-1) and Buffalo Sabres (2-10-1) go head-to-head live from the First Niagara Center in Buffalo. The game can be live streamed here. Dallas fans can hear all the action by turning their dials to 105.3 The Fan, while Buffalo fans can do the same on WGR 550 SportsRadio.
Both teams enter this game in last place in their respective divisions, with the Stars seventh in the Central Division and 11 points behind the division-leading Colorado Avalanche while the Sabres are eighth in the Atlantic Division and 11 points behind the first place Tampa Bay Lightning. Dallas coach Lindy Ruff leads his team to Buffalo for the first time since the Sabres fired him back in February, while Sabres captain Steve Ott plays his old team for the first time since he was traded in the 2012 offseason.
Buffalo traded leading scorer Thomas Vanek (four goals, five assists, nine points) to the New York Islanders in exchange for Matt Moulson (6-3-9) and a first-round draft pick in the 2014 NHL draft as well as a second-rounder in the 2015 draft. Moulson, 29, scored 30 or more goals three times in his career and becomes an unrestricted free agent in July.
Dallas, meanwhile, is looking to avoid losing its sixth road-game in a row and will try to pick up a win in Buffalo for the first time since 1999--when the team hoisted the Stanley Cup. The Stars haven't won a road game since an Oct. 11 tilt against the Jets in Winnipeg, and lost 2-1 to those same Jets Saturday night in a shootout during a game where Ruff thought they got off to a terrible start.
"In the first period we resembled the team that practiced [Saturday] morning," Ruff said via NHL.com. "We weren't crisp [Saturday] morning and we didn't come out crisp, and I thought that hurt us."
With Vanek gone for the Sabres, Cody Hodgson is now the team's lone leading scorer with nine points off of four goals and five assists and he'll look to continue leading the team tonight.
For the Stars, Jamie Benn leads the team in points with 11 off of three goals and a team-high eight assists while Tyler Seguin's four tallies lead the team and he's added six helpers for a total of 10 points.
Kari Lehtonen has been hot for Dallas, going 3-0-1 in his last four starts. Overall, he has a 3-1-1 record with a 1.16 goals-against average and a .961 save percentage while splitting time with Dan Ellis, who is 1-3-0 with a 3.60 GAA and an .895 save percentage. Between the pipes for Buffalo has been Ryan Miller, who is also coming up a lot in trade rumors much like Vanek did before the Islanders deal. Miller is 1-8-0 with a 3.02 GAA and a .918 save percentage.
The Stars hope to put an end to their road woes while the Sabres hope to turn around the worst record in the NHL when the lights come on at First Niagara Center in Buffalo tonight.