The day is here. Possibly the most anticipated game ever featuring last-place teams has arrived as the 30th-place Sabres will host the 29th-place Coyotes on Thursday night.
While the game can change the future fortunes of the teams, it might not be pretty. It is evenly matched, however. Here are the teams' lowly numbers heading into First Niagara Center.
Records: Buffalo is 20-46-7 for 47 points, Arizona is 22-44-8 for 52 points.
Streaks: Buffalo is 1-8-2 in last 11, Arizona is 2-17-1 in last 20.
Head to head: Buffalo is 7-2-1 in its last 10 games against Arizona.
Goals: Buffalo ranks 30th at 1.78 per game, Arizona is 29th at 2.01.
Goals allowed: Buffalo is 29th at 3.29, Arizona is 28th at 3.26.
Shots: Buffalo is 30th at 23.4 per game, Arizona is 22nd at 29.3.
Shots allowed: Buffalo is 30th at 35.6 per game, Arizona is 26th at 32.7.
Power play: Buffalo is 30th at 12.0 percent, Arizona is seventh (!) at 20.6 percent. The Coyotes rank second on the road at 25 percent.
Penalty kill: Buffalo is 30th at 74.1 percent, Arizona is 26th at 78.2 percent.
Five-on-five: Buffalo has been outscored 156-97, Arizona has been outscored 165-97.
First period: Buffalo has been outscored 59-41, Arizona has been outscored 64-52.
Second period: Buffalo has been outscored 85-44, Arizona has been outscored 78-49.
Third period: Buffalo has been outscored 94-44, Arizona has been outscored 96-44.
Overtime: Buffalo is 9-7, Arizona is 9-8.
Shootouts: Buffalo is 8-5, Arizona is 5-5.
Blowouts: Buffalo has been in 28 games decided by three goals or more with a 3-25 record, Arizona has been in 31 games decided by three goals or more with a 7-24 record.
Slow starts: Buffalo has led after one period in just 15 of its 73 games, Arizona has led after one period in 21 of its 74 games.