The Capitals (5-3-1) will take on the Sabres (6-2-2) tonight, playing for the second time without Alex Ovechkin. Here's what you need to know:
- Buffalo has lost three straight, Washington has won two in-a-row.
- Thomas Vanek (9 goals) leads the league in scoring...Alexander Semin (8 goals) is second.
- Buffalo is 4-0 when Vanek has a multi-point game.
- Tim Connolly (back) will play for the first time this season.
- The Sabres are 3-0 when leading after the 1st period.
- The Capitals are 2-1 when trailing after the 1st period.
- Buffalo is tied (with three others) for the most goals (5) conceded to Donald Brashear.
- Sergei Fedorov has 29 points in 27 games against the Sabres.
- Ryan Miller (7-2 versus the Caps) has lost two straight after winning his first five games.
- Jose Theodore has only faced 185 shots, ranking 24th among goalies.