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[open thread] Sabres vs. Bruins

Time: 7:00 TV: MSG(HD) Radio: WGR55

Sabres Notes:

Lost their last game 2-0 against Montreal at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec...last home game was a 4-2 loss to the Florida Panthers on Friday night...Adam Mair and Tim Connolly join Jaro Spacek, Dmitri Kalinin and Nolan Pratt on the injured list and will not play in tonight's game...Clarke MacArthur has been called up and will be in the lineup for the Sabres tonight...MacArthur is leading the American Hockey League in scoring...The Sabres have scored the first goal only three times this season and are 1-2 in those games...The Sabres special teams have been good ranking 9th on the power play and 11th in penalty killing...Paul Gaustad has four power play goals to lead the team...Brian Campbell leads the team in Power play points with eight...the Sabres are 3-3 at home this season but have lost their last two

Bruins Notes::  

The Bruins have lost their last two games including a 2-1 overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators on Sunday...6-2-1 in games that they score first...just 3-4-0 on the road this season including a two game losing streak...have allowed only four first period goals all season...Bruins power play is 16th in the league but is 6th on the road scoring seven goals on 25 opportunities...penalty kill is ranked 26th in the league allowing 13 power play of the least penalized teams averaging just over 12 penalty minutes a game...have allowed only 31 goals 13 games for an average of 2.4 goals against per game

Fast Fact:

The same two teams met last week and Boston won 4-3 in overtime and they will meet again on Saturday

Team Leaders

Buffalo Sabres

  • Goals:Derek Roy, Jason Pominville 5
  • Points: Brian Campbell, Tim Connolly 12
  • +/-: Jaro Spacek, Daniel Paille +2
  • PIM: Paul Gaustad 32

Boston Bruins

  • Goals: Phil Kessel 6
  • Points: Marc Savard 13
  • +/-: Chuck Kobasew +9
  • PIM: Milan Lucic 24

Projected Line combinations

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

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

30-Miller, 35-Thibault

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