Sabres open four-game road trip Monday in Dallas

Craig Anderson is likely to play his 700th NHL game in net

(WGR 550) – The Buffalo Sabres are in Dallas on Monday to take on the Stars that will start the final week of a stretch that has them playing 12 games in 23 days.

So far, Buffalo is 4-4-1 in this stretch, winning two in-a-row and gaining points in three-straight contests. Only three of these games have been on the road, and Buffalo is 2-0-1. Overall, the Sabres are 9-2-1 in their last 12 road games.

The Sabres are 12-7-1 on the road, which is ninth in the NHL. They scored 3.80 goals per-game on the road, which ranks them fifth, and the power play away from Buffalo is fourth in the league.

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In 20 road games, Tage Thompson has 16 goals and 13 assists for 29 points. Alex Tuch has 28 points in 20 road games.

All indications from Monday morning's skate in Dallas had Craig Anderson in goal. Anderson has played 699 career NHL games.

The last two starts haven’t been as good for the veteran goalie, as he went 0-1-1, giving up eight goals. Overall, Anderson has lost three-straight games and is 7-6-2 with a 2.78 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage.

In his last eight games against the Stars, though, Anderson is 6-2-0 with a .922 save percentage.

Victor Olofsson has eight goals in nine games, and has scored a career-high 21 goals in just 45 games this season.

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Dallas is tied with the Winnipeg Jets for the top spot in the Western Conference with 63 points. That’s three better than the Vegas Golden Knights.

Jake Oettinger is one of the best goalies in the NHL. He’s 21-7-4 with a 2.20 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage. Those numbers are second in the NHL to only Boston Bruins goalie Linus Ullmark.

In his last 11 games, Oettinger is 8-2-1 with a 1.63 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage.

Jason Robertson is fifth in NHL scoring with 31 goals and 33 assists for 64 points. That’s three points better than Thompson.

Joe Pavelski is 38-years-old and is still amazing. He has 14 goals and 31 assists for 45 points in 48 games.

Dallas hasn’t been quite as good recently, going 5-4-1 in their last 10 games. However, Dallas has three wins of 4-0 in their last four games.

How’s that for the glass being half full and half empty?

Join Brian Koziol for pregame coverage on WGR starting at 7:30 p.m. EST.

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