Colorado visits Buffalo following shutout win
Colorado Avalanche (35-9-4, first in the Central) vs. Buffalo Sabres (16-25-8, seventh in the Atlantic)
Buffalo, New York; Saturday, 1 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Colorado visits Buffalo after the Avalanche shut out Vegas 2-0. Darcy Kuemper earned the victory in the net for Colorado after recording 29 saves.
The Sabres are 8-13-4 at home. Buffalo has given up 32 power-play goals, killing 76.1% of opponent opportunities.
The Avalanche are 14-6-2 in road games. Colorado leads the Western Conference with 42 power-play goals, led by Mikko Rantanen with 11.
In their last meeting on Jan. 30, Colorado won 4-1.
TOP PERFORMERS: Jeff Skinner leads the Sabres with 34 points, scoring 20 goals and collecting 14 assists. Alex Tuch has 12 points over the last 10 games for Buffalo.
Rantanen leads the Avalanche with 25 goals and has 56 points. Gabriel Landeskog has nine goals and three assists over the last 10 games for Colorado.
LAST 10 GAMES: Sabres: 4-5-1, averaging 3.1 goals, 5.1 assists, 4.1 penalties and 10.4 penalty minutes while giving up 3.4 goals per game with a .903 save percentage.
Avalanche: 8-1-1, averaging 3.1 goals, 5.3 assists, 3.5 penalties and 7.6 penalty minutes while allowing 1.7 goals per game with a .942 save percentage.
INJURIES: Sabres: Casey Mittelstadt: out (upper body), Zemgus Girgensons: out (undisclosed), Jack Quinn: out (lower body).
Avalanche: Bowen Byram: out (personal).