Sabres looking to open 2021-22 season with three-straight wins

Drake Caggiula is looking to add some offense to his good defensive game

Buffalo, N.Y. (WGR 550) – The Buffalo Sabres will attempt to open a season with a 3-0-0 record for the first time since the 2008-09 campaign on Tuesday night against the Vancouver Canucks.

Vancouver has had Buffalo’s number in the last 10 meetings they’ve played, going 7-2-1.

The Sabres and the Boston Bruins lead the NHL in goals-against as of Tuesday at 1.00. Both Craig Anderson and Dustin Tokarski have played a game for Buffalo, giving up one goal each. Anderson will get the start in goal for the Sabres on Tuesday.

Buffalo and the Bruins are currently tied for 14th in goal scoring.

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The Sabres have had early power play success, going 4-for-8 in two games, which is second in the league. The penalty killing unit is No. 1 ranked right now, killing off 6-of-6 penalties taken.

Buffalo Sabres forward Drake Caggiula is a big reason for why the Sabres have been great defensively and on the PK.

“I think the biggest thing is the way we hunt down pucks, the way we’re always buzzing around," Caggiula said following Tuesday's morning skate. "We don’t give a lot of team’s time and space, so that’s what we’re preaching.”

Caggiula’s career-high total for goals in a season is 13, which he scored with the Edmonton Oilers in 67 games. The winger scored goals in college at the University of North Dakota, netting 25 in 39 games during his senior year. Last year, he had just three goals in 38 games with the Sabres and Arizona Coyotes.

Despite the lower numbers of production, head coach Don Granato feels there’s more to come from the 27-year-old offensively.

“He does have some offensive ability," Granato said following the morning skate on Tuesday. "He’s got a great shot, he has that scoring mentality, so there are some offensive things to really like.”

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