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[open thread] Sabres @ Sharks

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Time: 10:30 TV: MSG(HD) Radio: WGR55

It's a late night edition of the open thread.  Gametime tonight is 10:30 pm which is well after most Sabres fans have already gone to bed.  I'll be here and watching the game so feel free to join me.

The Sabres go into San Jose looking to salvage something from a so far horrendous West Coast Trip.  The Sabres began the trip with a 4-1 loss in Anaheim and one night later suffered one of the most embarrasing losses in recent memory when they lost 8-2 against the Kings.  The Sabres will have to play a more physical game if they want to compete against the Sharks.  The Sharks are the first place team in the Pacific Division and Buffalo has already lost to the third place and fifth place teams on this road trip.

Team Leaders

Buffalo Sabres

  • Goals:Derek Roy, Jochen Hecht 9
  • Points: Derek Roy 21
  • +/-: Daniel Paille +5
  • PIM: Paul Gaustad 43

San Jose Sharks

  • Goals:  Joe Thorton 12
  • Points:  Joe Thorton  35
  • +/-: Douglas Murray +17
  • PIM: Douglas Murray 47

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

As per usual this thread is meant to spur conversation and create a Buffalo Sabres community.  If you're watching the game you might as well join us and chat a little bit.  I highly recommend you create a free account and grab a beer and join us for some good conversation.