LOS ANGELES -- It's a House of Horrors for the Buffalo Sabres when they come to Staples Center but they'll give it another try Saturday night when they meet the Los Angeles Kings in the second game of their four-game Western sojourn.
Rick Jeanneret and Rob Ray are on the call on MSG and WGR Radio, with faceoff slated for 10:38 pm. Yep, it's going to be a late one.
The Sabres are 0-3-1 while the Kings are 2-0-1. Here are Five Things to Know about tonight's game:
1. No goals, no hope: The Sabres have been shutout by 2-0 scores in their last four trips here and are 0-5-1 since their last win over the Kings in Los Angeles in 2003. Their shutout streak in the building is 263 minutes, 53 seconds, dating to a goal by former captain Craig Rivet in a 4-3 shootout loss on Jan. 21, 2010.
"They do an incredible job playing without the puck," coach Phil Housley said of the Kings after the morning skate. "Down low you're going to have to really fight to get to the interior and they're a big heavy team."
The home team has won the last 14 games in the series played in NHL arenas (the Sabres won a 2011 game in Berlin that was technically a Kings home game). The 2003 game here was the last time a visitor won in the series.
2. No Okposo: Kyle Okposo will sit this one out with the flu for the Sabres, putting Matt Moulson on Ryan O'Reilly's line with Evander Kane. The other lines are Girgensons-Eichel-Pominville, Reinhart-Larsson-Griffith and Pouliot-Josefson-Nolan.
The Sabres will go with the same six defenseman who played in San Jose, meaning Victor Antipin is again a healthy scratch.
3. In the nets: It's Robin Lehner (0-2-1, 3.18/.901) starting against Kings ace Jonathan Quick (2-0-1, 1.66/.948). Quick is 5-1 in his career against the Sabres with glossy numbers of 1.22/.944 and three shutouts.
4. Homecoming for a Cup champ: Sabres winger Jordan Nolan will play his first game at Staples for the opposition after being acquired on waivers from the Kings at the end of training camp. Nolan was on Los Angeles' 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cup teams.
"LA is pretty structured, really defensive," Nolan said today. "They've got a great goalie, great penalty kill. When I was there, we took a lot of passion in that style. When you come in this barn, you have to stick to your structure. They almost just wait and take the game to you slowly. They want to win 1-0, 2-1."
5. More connections: Sabres associate coach Davis Payne was an assistant here for five seasons under Darryl Sutter, winning the Cup in 2014. Kings rookie forward Alex Iafallo is an Eden native who was a Sabres fan growing up.