NHL News and Notes Monday, October 27

NHL News and Notes Monday, October 27

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Ottawa at Buffalo (-160, 6)

The Ottawa Senators were one of four NHL clubs that opened the season in Europe and haven’t looked right since, but it’s hard to pin down one main problem. Goaltending looks like it will be an issue again this year with Martin Gerber struggling and you can see how much the defense is missing Wade Redden’s puck-moving ability already after he skipped town for the Big Apple in the offseason.

Plus, the coaching staff has already broken up the Spezza-Heatley duo in an effort to jumpstart the offense. Spezza and Heatley aren’t the only offenders, though. Antoine Vermette leads the team with 28 shots on goal, but has only a single goal (his only point of the season) to show for it.

Pick: Buffalo


Anaheim at Columbus (+105, 5)

The Ducks finally found some offense on their current road trip. Their top line of Chris Kunitz, Ryan Getzlaf, and Corey Perry broke out against the Canadiens on Saturday, registering three goals and seven points in the 6-4 win.

It was a great sign for Anaheim, which has really struggled to produce consistent offense early in the season, but the Ducks still have some work to do in their own end. They allowed 51 shots against on Saturday and could have been in big trouble late in the game if it weren’t for Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Expect a much tighter effort in their own end against Columbus.

Pick: Anaheim

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Monday, Oct. 27

Ottawa at Buffalo (7 p.m. EDT). The Sabres (6-0-2) look to stay unbeaten in regulation when they face the last-place Senators, losers of four straight.

STATS

St. Louis’ Keith Tkachuk and Buffalo’s Thomas Vanek are tied for the NHL goal lead at eight, both in eight games. Tkachuk has six power-play goals. … Washington’s Alexander Semin and Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin are tied for the scoring lead with 14 points. Semin has seven goals and seven assists in eight games. Malkin has three goals and 11 assists in nine games.

STATUS

Detroit left wing Johan Franzen will be out for three to four weeks because of a sprained left knee. The Red Wings recalled left wing Ville Leino from Grand Rapids of the AHL on Sunday. … Columbus recalled goalie Dan LaCosta on an emergency basis from Syracuse of the AHL and sent down defenseman Kris Russell. … Carolina center Brandon Sutter was discharged from a New York hospital Sunday after sustaining a concussion a night earlier against the Islanders.

SCOUTING

Andre Deveaux scored a career-high three goals to help the Toronto Marlies (Maple Leafs) beat the Houston Aeros (Wild) 5-4 on Sunday night in the AHL. The 6-foot-4 Deveaux has five goals in seven games this season.

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