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Buffalo Sabres vs. Ottawa Senators [Game Thread]

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Game #9

Buffalo Sabres (6-0-2, 14PTS) vs. Ottawa Senators (2-5-1, 5PTS)

7:00 PM EST, HSBC Arena

TV: MSG-B (Buffalo), NHLN-US - NHLN-C (National)

Radio: WGR 550 (Buffalo), XM-205 (National)

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Players to watch

Buffalo Sabres: Thomas Vanek (8G-3A-11P, 3PPG, 2SHG), Ales Kotalik (4G-3A-7P, 2PPG, no points in last three games), Clarke MacArthur (3G-2A-5P, 2PPG), Toni Lydman (0G-4A-4P, leads team as a plus five), Derek Roy (1G-4A-5P, scored overtime goal against Minnesota Wild on Thursday), Ryan Miller (5-0-1, 1.60 GAA, .940 sv. %), Patrick Lalime (1-0-1, 1.44 GAA, .951 sv. %)

Ottawa Senators: Dany Heatley (4G-5A-9P, 3PPG), Daniel Alfredsson (3G-4A-7P, 3PPG), Filip Kuba (0G-11A-11P), Jason Spezza (3G-6A-9P, 1PPG, 1SHG), Shean Donovan (2G-2A-4P, leads team as a plus four), Alex Auld (1-2-0, 2.70 GAA, .921 sv. %)

Notes

Buffalo Sabres: Team is still without four key players and a fifth could possibly be added to the list, Henrik Tallinder left the game against the Avalanche with a lower body injury (we are told it was a gash on his leg)...Thomas Vanek did not score a goal against the Avs Saturday, he has not been held off the scoresheet in consecutive games this season...Sabres lead the league in goals against, allowing only 1.62 goals a game...team has scored nine power play goals and is fifth in the league at 22.0%...Team has allowed two power play goals against and are second in the league with a 94.3%...Thomas Vanek is tied with Keith Tkachuk for the most goals in the NHL, he is also sixth in the league with 11 points...Patrick Kaleta is sixth in the league with 32 penalty minutes...Team has been in four games that have gone to a shootout, the most in the league and they are 2-2...Patrick Lalime is expected to start for the Sabres tonight.

Ottawa Senators: Sens trail the Sabres by nine points in the Northeast Division less than a month into the season...team has scored nine power play goals and are fourth in the league at 23.7%...team has the fifth best penalty killing unit allowing only four goals in 34 attempts...Senators forward Nick Foligno is the son of ex-Sabres captain Mike Foligno...Foligno is a minus six, tied with Chris Neil for the lowest total on the team...The Senators are a league worst minus eight on the season.

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{Update}: It doesn't look like Hank is playing tonight but nothing has been confirmed till this point.

From Sabres.com

“Hank had a little problem skating so we will have to see whether it improves by tonight,” Ruff said.

He added he was unsure whether a replacement would be recalled from the AHL Portland Pirates.

{Update}: Looks like Weber will indeed be in the lineup

Expected Lines

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

#5-Lydman #27-Numminen
#6-Spacek #44-Sekera
#38-Paetsch #4-Weber