BUFFALO NY - FEBRUARY 23: Ryan Miller #30 of the Buffalo Sabres makes a glove save against the Atlanta Thrashers at HSBC Arena on February 23 2011 in Buffalo New York. Buffalo won 4-1. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
The New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes both won on Friday night so the Buffalo Sabres are four points behind the seventh place New York Rangers and tied with the Carolina Hurricanes in eighth place. The Sabres have two games in hand on each team and they are going to make those up this weekend. That starts with tonight's matchup against the Atlanta Thrashers. The Sabres have had success over the years against the Thrashers, they are 2-0-1 against them this season and 12-6-3 all time at home. The Sabres can increase their chances of making the playoffs by 6.6% with a win or decrease them by 11.3%
- Ryan Miller is 10-2-5 in his career against the Thrashers and will most likely get the start against Atlanta. He has a 2.53 goals against average and .913 save percentage which is one of the lower goals against averages against a team that he has played more than 10 times.
- Tyler Ennis had a three game point streak going until the Hurricanes game on Tuesday night. He has quietly moved into fourth place among rookies in total points scored, one point behind the Islanders' Michael Grabner. Carolina's Jeff Skinner leads all rookies with 53 points.
- The Thrashers have not won in Buffalo since October 17, 2009.
Game time is 7:00 pm and the new pregame show starts at 6:30pm.