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[open thread] Sabres @ Senators

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

Sabres Notes:

The Sabres are a minus nine in 5-on-5 situations after leading the league last season...power play is down to 14th in the league after being ranked as high as sixth...2-5-1 on the road this season and lost three in a row...have allowed the first goal of the game in each of the last 13 games...1-4-1 in the month of November...Kotalik and Campbell lead the team with eight power play points...Daniel Paille has two short handed goals on the season

Senators Notes::  

Daniel Alfredsson has three short handed goals on the season...5th in the league on the penalty kill...averaging 3.3 goals a game...Sens are 12-0 when they score the first goal of the game...5-0 at home on the season...Martin Gerber has a 1.73 GAA and a .943 save Pct....eliminated the Sabres in five games in last seasons Eastern Conference finals

Fast Fact:

There is a possibility that with a loss tonight the Sabres could be in 30th place in the league after tonights action.
 

Team Leaders

Buffalo Sabres

  • Goals:Derek Roy, Jason Pominville 5
  • Points: Brian Campbell, Tim Connolly 12
  • +/-: Daniel Paille +3
  • PIM: Paul Gaustad 34

Ottawa Senators

  • Goals: Daniel Alfredsson 13
  • Points: Daniel Alfredsson 23
  • +/-: Chris Phillips +16
  • PIM: Chris Neil 52

Projected Line combinations

Buffalo Forwards
26-Vanek, 9-Roy, 21-Stafford
55-Hecht, 41-MacArthur, 29-Pominville
12-Kotalik, 28-Gaustad, 61-Afinogenov
20-Paille, 37-Ryan, 76-Peters

Buffalo Defensemen
6-Spacek, 51-Campbell
5-Lydman, 10-Tallinder
4-Pratt,38-Paetsch

Goaltenders
30-Miller, 35-Thibault

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