5 Things to Know: Sabres vs. Avalanche

BY: DAVID KOLB

BUFFALO SABRES (24-23-10) vs. COLORADO AVALANCHE (15-37-2)

1 Where They Stand

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  • Tonight the Sabres meet the Colorado Avalanche for the first time this season.
  • Buffalo is 4-5-1 in the last 10 games.
  • The Sabres are 13-10-4 on their home ice in 2016-17.
  • The Sabres will take the ice five points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for the final Wild Card slot in the Eastern Conference.

2 Who's on Fire?

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3 Say What?

BUFFALO, NY - DECEMBER 29: Josh Gorges #4 of the Buffalo Sabres watches the action against the Boston Bruins during an NHL game at the KeyBank Center on December 29, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

“This was a gutty effort. We found a way. It wasn’t pretty at times, it was a grinding type of hockey game and we were able to find a way, which is big. It’s over now and we have to have the same kind of effort next game.”

 –Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges was satisfied with Tuesday’s win, but wants more.

4 Stat of the Day

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  • Ryan O’Reilly played his first six seasons (2009-10 – 2014-15) in the NHL with the Colorado Avalanche scoring 246 points in 427 games.

5 Must-See Video

Justin Bailey on his first game-winner in the NHL.