Nearly a quarter of the way into the season, the Buffalo Sabres have yet to win in their own arena.
They'll try to avoid matching the worst 10-game home start in NHL history Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Kings, a team they've dominated in Buffalo for two decades.
The Sabres are 0-8-1 at the First Niagara Center. The 1983-84 Pittsburgh Penguins are the only team in NHL history to go winless though its first 10 home games, and that club started 0-9-0 with two ties before securing its first home win.
The Sabres (3-15-1) have been outscored 32-14 at home.
"We're facing a lot of adversity right now," center Cody Hodgson told the team's official website after its last home loss Nov. 2 to Anaheim. "We can say as much as we want, but at the end of the day, it's what we do on the ice and right now, it's not good enough."
Buffalo's home history against the Kings, though, has been quite different.
The Sabres are 10-1-0 with one tie when hosting Los Angeles since the start of the 1993-94 season, and they've won the past four meetings in Buffalo by a combined score of 27-6.
Buffalo returns home from a three-game road trip to California that saw it beat San Jose in a shootout before consecutive losses to Los Angeles (11-6-0) and Anaheim.
Ryan Miller played the first two periods in Friday's 6-2 loss to the Ducks and allowed six goals on 34 shots.
"It was a disaster to be part of," Miller said. "I've been a part of many disasters in my career. You just have to turn the page and move on."
Miller is 2-11-0 with a 3.40 goals-against average, but he's 3-1-0 with a 1.75 GAA and .953 save percentage in four home starts against Los Angeles.
The Kings have strung together back-to-back wins after Saturday's 5-1 victory against Vancouver. They've outshot their last nine opponents and won five of seven as they head into a four-game trip against Eastern Conference teams.
Tyler Toffoli scored twice and had an assist against the Canucks, giving him at least one point in each of his three games since being recalled from AHL affiliate Manchester on Nov. 2.
His minor league teammate, Linden Vey, made his NHL debut in Thursday's 2-0 win against the Sabres and earned his first point Saturday with an assist on Jordan Nolan's first-period goal.
"It's exciting for them, and they bring that enthusiasm into games," said center Mike Richards, who has three goals and five assists in the last four games. "They have the confidence to make plays, and they're both smart passers."
Richards has 27 points in 23 career games against Buffalo.
Jonathan Quick has allowed one goal on 45 shots in the Kings' last two games. He's 3-0-0 with a 1.78 GAA and .918 save percentage in four matchups with the Sabres.
Buffalo coach Ron Rolston said he believes defenseman Christian Ehrhoff will return from a lower-body injury after missing Friday's game. Fellow defenseman Mike Weber practiced Monday but is waiting to be cleared to return from his seven-game absence due to a thumb injury.
Kings center Jarrett Stoll and defenseman Matt Greene have missed two games with upper-body injuries and are questionable.
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