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[open thread] Sabres vs. Blue Jackets

Time: 7:30 TV: MSG(HD) Radio: WGR55

Sabres Notes:

The Sabres come into the game riding a three game winning streak...Ryan Miller is expected to be back in net after backup Jocelyn Thibault played Monday against Toronto...tonight will be the final game of a four game home stand...four of the Sabres first five games were played at HSBC Arena...The Sabres rank seventh on the power play with seven goals and  21.9%...Jaroslav Spacek leads the team with three power play goals but will not play due to a shoulder injury suffered in the third period of Monday's game...Andrej Sekera was called up from Rochester to fill in for the injured Spacek...Sekera has one goal and three assists in six games for the Amerks...he is also a -2 in that time frame...Paul gaustad has been credited with the game winning goal from Monday night, Kotalik was originally credited with the goal

Blue Jackets Notes:

The Blue Jackets are 0-2 on the road and have been outscored 8-3...High scoring forward Fredrick Modin will miss the game with a groin injury...the Jackets rank number 11 on the power play and number two on the penalty kill...Pascal Leclaire is expected to start and has .942 save percentage and 1.67 goals against average in three games played...Ex Sabres Jiri Novotny (1G-2A-3P - 3) and Mike Peca (0G-0A-0P - 2) will face their former team...former Sabres draft pick Jan Hjeda (0G-2A-2P +1) has an opportunity to play against the team that gave up on him

Fast Fact:

The Blue Jackets scored two third period goals to come from behind and beat Buffalo 3-2 in the only meeting last season

Team Leaders

Buffalo Sabres

  • Goals: Jaroslav Spacek, Derek Roy 4
  • Points: Brian Campbell 9
  • +/-: Derek Roy, Brian Campbell +5
  • PIM: Paul Gaustad 11
  • Wins: Ryan Miller 2
  • Save %: Ryan Miller .885
  • GAA: Ryan Miller 3.04

Columbus Blue Jackets

  • Goals: Rick Nash 3
  • Points: Rick Nash 6
  • +/-: Manny Malhotra +3
  • PIM: Jared Boll 32
  • Wins: Pascal Leclaire 2
  • Save %: Pascal Leclaire .942
  • GAA: Pascal Leclaire 1.67

Projected Line combinations

Buffalo Forwards
26-Vanek, 9-Roy, 21-Stafford
55-Hecht, 19-Connolly, 29-Pominville
61-Afinogenov, 28-Gaustad, 12-Kotalik
20-Paille, 22-Mair, 76-Peters

Buffalo Defensemen
45-Kalinin, 51-Campbell
5-Lydman, 10-Tallinder

30-Miller, 35-Thibault

Columbus Forwards
61-Nash, 19-Peca, 13-Zherdev
11-Glencross, 91-Federov, 9-Vyborny
25-Chimera, 27-Malhotra, 17-Brule
49-Fritsche, 12-Novotny, 40-Boll

Columbus Defensemen
8-Hejda, 52-Foote
6-Hainsey, 97-Klesla
2-Russell, 55-Tolleson

31-Leclaire, 30-Norrena

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