CALGARY – The Sabres are coming off their worst loss of the season. Things usually don't get better when they arrive in Calgary.
Here are five things to know as Buffalo visits the Calgary Flames on Monday night.
1. Home is where the wins are.
The Sabres-Flames series is lopsided in favor of the hosts. The home team has won 18 of 20 games dating to the 1999-2000 season.
Buffalo is 1-8-1 in its last 10 trips to Scotiabank Saddledome. Its last victory was Oct. 18, 2003.
The Sabres will start their morning skate at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time, so check back for lineup changes. The puck drops at 9 p.m. Eastern.
No one needs reminding, but the numbers are ugly for the Sabres. A 7-1 shellacking by Dallas on Saturday dropped the Sabres to 11-26-9. They are tied with Arizona for fewest points in the NHL (31), though the Coyotes have played two additional games (48).
Buffalo is on skids of 0-2, 1-6-1 and 6-16-7. The Sabres have lost their last four road games.
3. Hot, hot, hot.
The Flames have climbed into a Western Conference playoff spot with a scorching run. They have points in eight straight, with their seven-game winning streak coming to a halt Saturday with a 2-1 shootout loss to Winnipeg.
Calgary's 7-0-1 streak has moved it to third place in the Pacific Division with a 25-16-5 record. Though the Flames are 3-0-1 in their last four home games, they have performed better on the road. They are 12-11-1 in Saddledome and 13-5-4 on the road.
4. There are good numbers.
Sabres center Jack Eichel has a five-game point streak, putting up three goals, six assists and nine points.
Right wing Kyle Okposo has recorded eight assists and 10 points in his last 10 games. Defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen has three goals and nine points in his last nine games.
Center Ryan O’Reilly has five goals and 14 points in his last 11 games against the Flames, including five multipoint efforts. He enters the night with a six-game point streak against Calgary.
Left wing Evander Kane has three goals and eight points in eight career games against Calgary.
5. Memories for Housley.
Sabres coach Phil Housley had a night to remember 30 years ago. On Jan. 22, 1988, the then-Buffalo defenseman recorded his second career hat trick in a 7-3 victory over New Jersey. Housley still holds the Sabres’ franchise record for most career hat tricks by a defenseman, with two.
Housley is among those who arrived in Calgary on Sunday with a heavy heart. USA Hockey executive Jim Johannson died unexpectedly, and numerous Sabres were close to the 53-year-old.
volumes as other USA Hockey family members can attest. His passion for the many teams and his players was beyond comparison in the sport. My heartfelt condolences to his wife, daughter, and relatives
— Jack Eichel (@Jackeichel15) January 21, 2018
Jim Johannson was an amazing person. JJ was synonymous with USA Hockey and its leadership. My condolences to his family. You will be missed but not forgotten. Rest In Peace
— Kyle Okposo (@bookerT2116) January 21, 2018
It comes with a heavy heart hearing about the passing of my close friend JJ. One of the best leaders of @usahockey who grew our game to new heights! My thoughts and prayers are with his family and he will truly be missed, but his legacy will carry on. It’s a sad day for hockey!
— Phil Housley (@philhousley6) January 21, 2018
Terrible news to hear about the passing of Jim Johansson. He was a incredible guy who gave me some life changing opportunities. He was a great representation of everything about @usahockey. Thoughts and condolences to his family and friends.
— Hudson Fasching (@Hfasching22) January 21, 2018