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[open thread] Sabres vs. Senators

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

Sabres Notes:

Tim Connolly is expected to be back in the lineup after missing five games...Connolly is tied with Brian Campbell for the team lead in assists with 11...Power Play is ranked 14th in the league and 14th at home as well...Penalty killing is 7th in the league...Ales Kotalik leads the Sabres with nine points on the power play (3 goals, 6 assists)...Paul Gaustad has four power play goals to lead the team...Won their last game 4-1 against Montreal...Ryan Miller is expected to start for the seventh consecutive time

Senators Notes::  

Lost their last game to the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-0 on Saturday night...Ranked 17th in the league on the power play...Only 22nd on the road on the power play...9th ranked penalty kill, improves to 5th on the road...A remarkable plus 16 when playing 5-on-5...Daniel Alfredsson leads the team with 15 goals, he has three short handed goals and two power play goals...Have an incredible 14-0 record when scoring the first goal

Fast Fact:

After leading the league in 5-on-5 play last season the Sabres are a -7 so far this season

Team Leaders

Buffalo Sabres

  • Goals:Derek Roy 6
  • Points: Brian Campbell, Jason Pominville, Derek Roy 13
  • +/-: Daniel Paille +3
  • PIM: Paul Gaustad 36

Ottawa Senators

  • Goals:  Daniel Alfredsson 15
  • Points:  Daniel Alfredsson 26
  • +/-: Chris Phillips +15
  • PIM: Chris Neil 52

Projected Line combinations

Buffalo Forwards
26-Vanek, 9-Roy, 21-Stafford
55-Hecht, 41-MacArthur, 29-Pominville
12-Kotalik, 19-Connolly, 61-Afinogenov
20-Paille, 28-Gaustad, 37-Ryan

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

Goaltenders
30-Miller, 35-Thibault

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