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Buffalo Sabres @ Minnesota Wild [Game Thread]

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Game #7

Buffalo Sabres (5-0-1, 11PTS) @ Minnesota Wild (4-0-0, 8PTS)

8:00 PM EST, XCell Energy Center

TV: MSG-B

Radio: WGR 550 (Buffalo), XM 208 (National)

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Players to watch

Buffalo Sabres: Thomas Vanek (7G-2A-9P, 3PPG, 2SHG), Ales Kotalik (4G-3A-7P, 2PPG), Jason Pominville (2G-4A-6P), Clarke MacArthur (3G-1A-4P, 2PPG), Jaro Spacek (1G-3A-4P, 1PPG), Ryan Miller (4-0-0, 1.45 GAA, .943 sv%)

Minnesota Wild: Antti Miettinen (5G-2A-7P, 2PPG), Mikko Koivu (1G-8A-9P, 1PPG), Andrew Brunette (2G-3A-5P, 1PPG), Eric Belanger (2G-0A-2P, 1PPG), Niklas Backstrom (4-0-0, 1.71 GAA, .942 sv%)

Notes:

Buffalo Sabres: The Sabres are number four in the league on the power play...they are currently number three on the penalty kill, allowing only one power play goal...The last time the Sabres beat the Wild was Dec. 11, 2005...Thomas Vanek failed to score a goal for the first tim ethis season on Tuesday night against Boston.

Minnesota Wild: The Wild are first in the league on the penalty kill and they have not allowed a power play against this season...They are number three on the power play...Niklas Backstrom has played every game for the Wild this season...He has registered one shutout.

Sabres Expected Lines

#20-Paille #41-MacArthur #29-Pominville
#26-Vanek #9-Roy #21-Stafford
#12-Kotalik #22-Mair #61-Afinogenov
#76-Peters #37-Ellis #36-Kaleta

#5-Lydman #10-Tallinder
#38-Paetsch #27-Numminen
#6-Spacek #44-Sekera