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[open thread] Sabres vs. Bruins

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

I have only a couple of notes on tonights game.  There are two keys to the game for the Buffalo Sabres and they are special teams and a quick start.  The Bruins struggle when they fall behind and are not very good when coming from behind. On the flip side the Bruins are very good defensively and it's tough to come back against this team.  The Sabres power play is ranked number seven in the league and third at home while Boston has the 29th ranked penalty kill.  If the Sabres can take advantage of the man advantage and score the games first goal I can see them cruising to victory, however if the fall behind they will have a tough time coming back and winning the game.

Team Leaders

Buffalo Sabres

  • Goals:Derek Roy 10
  • Points: Derek Roy 23
  • +/-: Jaro Spacek, Brian Campbell +7
  • PIM: Paul Gaustad 45

Boston Bruins

  • Goals:  Chuck Kobasew 12
  • Points:  Marc Savard  33
  • +/-: Chuck Kobasew, PJ Axelson +9
  • PIM: Zdeno Chara 60

Projected Line combinations

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

Buffalo Defensemen
6-Spacek, 51-Campbell
5-Lydman, 4-Pratt
44-Sekera,38-Paetsch

Goaltenders
30-Miller, 35-Thibault

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