CALGARY, Alberta -- Here's an early look at some Sabres-Flames numbers heading into tonight's game in the Saddledome that brings the teams back from the NHL All-Star break.
---The Sabres have lost a franchise-record 11 straight games in regulation. It's the longest streak in the NHL since the Pittsburgh Penguins dropped 13 straight in 2004. If the Sabres lose tonight -- in either regulation or OT/shootout -- they will tie the franchise record for the longest winless streak set in an 0-8-4 slide in 1991 (that's four ties, remember).
---Both teams have had three distinct segments to their seasons:
Flames: 17-8-2, then 0-7-1, now 8-4-0
Sabres: 3-13-2, then 10-3-0, now 1-14-1
---The Sabres have not won here since a 2-0 victory on Oct. 18, 2003. They have not won a game in regulation since their 4-3 victory over Calgary on Dec. 11 in First Niagara Center. That's no regulation wins in their last 18 games. The Sabres have one regulation road win all season, that coming Nov. 22 at Washington in a game where they were outshot, 44-26, but Jhonas Enroth made 43 saves.
---Believe it or not, when they woke up in Winnipeg on the morning of Dec. 16, the Sabres were 13-16-2 and just four points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. When they woke up today, just 16 games later, they were 26 points out!
---If the game extends past regulation, the Flames will make the push to end it in overtime while the Sabres would do well to play for the shootout. Calgary is 10-3 after regulation -- with a 7-2 record in the OT period and 3-1 mark in shootouts. Buffalo is 7-3 (1-2 OT, 6-1 shootout).
---The Sabres continue to make it a clean sweep of last place on the power play -- overall (9.9 percent), home (11 percent), road (8.6 percent) and short-handed goals allowed (8).
Remember, we're on Mountain Time. Flames' pregame skate is at 12:30 Buffalo time while Sabres are at 1:30.