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[open thread] Sabres @ Lightning

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

Sabres Notes:

Earned their first road win of the season last night against the Florida Panthers in Sunrise, Florida...Ryan Miller is 7-1-0 with a 2.23 GAA against Tampa in his career...Jocelyn Thibault may get a start tonight and is 12-4-2 with a 2.41 GAA all time against Tampa...rank 13th in the league in both power play and penalty killing...1-for-5 on the power play last night against Florida with the goal scored by Ales Kotalik...

Lightning Notes:

Have not lost at home this season sporting a perfect 5-0 record...outscoring opponenets 21-8 at home...Vaclav Prospal leads the team with eight goals after scoring only 14 last season...Johan Holmqvist has never played against the Sabres in his career but is expected to start tonight...#5 on the power play and 10th on the penalty kill this season

Fast Fact:

The Sabres haven't lost a game in Tampa in over three years

Team Leaders

Buffalo Sabres

  • Goals:Derek Roy, Jason Pominville 5
  • Points: Brian Campbell, Tim Connolly 10
  • +/-: Brian Campbell +5
  • PIM: Paul Gaustad 13

Tampa Bay Lightning

  • Goals: Vaclav Prospal 8
  • Points: Brad Richards 11
  • +/-: Paul Ranger, Filip Kuba +5
  • PIM: Vincent Lecavalier 24

Projected Line combinations

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

Buffalo Defensemen
44-Sekera, 51-Campbell
5-Lydman, 10-Tallinder

30-Miller, 35-Thibault

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