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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres finished January with their best stretch of the season, a three-game win streak in western Canada. Since then, however, they've returned to their losing ways on home ice.

The Sabres (14-28-9) are coming off back-to-back home losses upon returning to Buffalo and will look to turn that trend around Saturday against St. Louis.

"It's so frustrating when you don't win at home," winger Kyle Okposo said, according to the team's website. "We've got to pick our game up."

In Thursday's loss to the Florida Panthers, the Sabres quickly fell behind the eight-ball with four penalties in the first period. That helped set the tone of what became a disappointing 4-2 defeat.

"We can't start the game taking four penalties," Sabres coach Phil Housley said, according to the team's website. "Everything was going in the right direction (and) we take a penalty. I understand we're going to have to kill penalties, but we shoot a puck over the glass five-on-three and we lose a draw. Now we're chasing the game again.

"We definitely had enough chances after the first period. I thought we had them on the ropes a couple of times. Unfortunately, we were missing the net, trying to be too fine."

Ryan O'Reilly and Zemgus Girgensons scored for Buffalo against Florida.

The Sabres have slowed down on offense after a burst in their trip through western Canada. Last week, the Sabres picked up a 4-0 win over Vancouver and a 5-0 win over Edmonton -- but those performances seem to be the exceptions to the rule considering the all-around struggles this season.

Chad Johnson got the start for Buffalo against Florida, so starter Robin Lehner will likely return between the pipes against St. Louis. Lehner has a save percentage of .912 in 38 games played this season.

The Blues (31-19-3) are coming off a 3-1 road loss to the Boston Bruins on Thursday. Before that, the Blues picked up three straight wins at home in commanding fashion over Ottawa, Colorado and Montreal. St. Louis had a productive month of January with seven wins in 11 games (7-3-1).

Coach Mike Yeo recently had his one-year anniversary as Blues coach. Yeo replaced Ken Hitchcock on Feb. 1, 2017, and the Blues have prospered under his watch with one of the better records in the league since taking over.

"This is such an awesome organization to be part of and it's a great group to coach," Yeo said, according to the team's website. "I feel very privileged. It doesn't matter if it's the day after a loss or a day after a win, I just love coming to the rink and having the opportunity to coach the St. Louis Blues. I'm excited about what's coming up here."

Brayden Schenn leads the Blues in points with 51 (21 goals, 30 assists) in 53 games. Vladimir Tarasenko has 47 points (21 goals, 26 assists) in 53 games.

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Let's get back in the W column. The way the Central is, we can't afford any letdown games.

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Just heard on the broadcast that today would have been Mandi Schwartz's 30th birthday... :cry:

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Time for The Blues to up their game, and take charge. They are a 2nd Period team.

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Good job by Hutton keeping it out.

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Why didn't Tarasenko just tip that in? He had a completely open net!

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Nice flurry of shots on goal and control in the offensive end by The Blues over the last minute. Schwartz makes a big difference in this team.

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Lucky not to get scored upon on that PP. Blues need to come out smoking in The 3rd.

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Why didn't Tarasenko just tip that in? He had a completely open net!

That was the best Blues' opportunity of the night. He should have just buried it without trying to think. He hasn't played well all year. His play without the puck is abysmal much of the time, and he is just not taking over games like he did in his 2nd and 3rd years. He is not developing into the superstar we all thought he would. He's just a player with a great wrist shot.

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Schenn should have lifted it there!

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Blues with some good pressure over the last couple minutes. Let's hope they keep it up.

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Big PK for The Blues now. Wouldn't a shorty and kill be nice now?

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Super save by Hutton!!!

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Good kill. Now let's storm the goal and get the winner.

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Gunnarsson blasts one in!!! Good screen by Sobotka!!

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Bad penalty to take at this time, going almost to the end of regulation. Blues need to come up big!

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Fabulous save by Hutton!!! Saving the lead!!

Buffalo hits the crossbar with 2 seconds left, and The Blues win!!!

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Wow. What a hectic finish. Glad Hutton got the shutout- he made some fantastic saves.

I think it's clear we need some offensive help. We've got talented offensive players, but for whatever reason they're just not putting in the goals. I don't know if Pacioretty is the answer, but we definitely need something.

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Wow. What a hectic finish. Glad Hutton got the shutout- he made some fantastic saves.

I think it's clear we need some offensive help. We've got talented offensive players, but for whatever reason they're just not putting in the goals. I don't know if Pacioretty is the answer, but we definitely need something.


I agree. But, I hope they don't trade Thomas or Kyrou to get a journeyman I-way forward. I'm not sure I'd be happy withy them giving up Walman, Kostin, or Thompson, unless they get a really proven goal scorer no older than his mid to early late 20s, and who has at least 3 years left on his contract. I wouldn't mind Schmaltz and Sobotka being traded for a multi-year 20+ goal scorer (who also plays defence). But, it might be possible that Kostin will be brought up later, and give The Blues a lift.

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