Buffalo Sabres (6-2-2, 14PTS) vs. Washington Capitals (5-3-1, 11PTS)
7:00 PM EST, HSBC Arena
TV: MSG-B (Buffalo)
Radio: WGR 550 (Buffalo), XM-206 (National)
Players to Watch
Buffalo Sabres: Thomas Vanek (9G-3A-12P, 4PPG, 2SHG), Clarke MacArthur (5G-2A-7P, 3PPG), Ales Kotalik (4G-3A-7P, 2PPG), Tim Connolly (making his season debut returning from two cracked vertabrae), Paul Gaustad (second game back after struggling in his first game back from thumb injury), Derek Roy (criticized by many, including myself for a lack of effort against Tampa Bay), Ryan Miller (was the leading goalie in the league until a terrible performance against Tampa)
Washington Capitals: Alexander Semin (8G-8A-16P, 1PPG), Mike Green (4G-4A-8P, 4PPG), Sergei Federov (The Ageless wonder has scored three goals and has five assists...he can play offense/defense or anywhere he asked to play)
Buffalo Sabres: Major changes are expected to the line combinations with Tim Connolly being inserted into the lineup...Mike Weber was sent back to Portland and Nathan Paetsch may be in the lineup...Still have the number eight power play in the league and the number three penalty kill despite a couple of bad games...won three out of four against the Caps last season.
Washington Capitals: Caps will still be without the services of Alexander Ovechkin who is in Russia with his ill grandfather...The Capitals special teams have not been very good, they are 16th on the power play and 20th on the penalty kill...won the last meeting against Buffalo on March 5, 2008 it was a 3-1 Caps victory with Olaf Kolzig in net for the Caps.
I also need to point you to a quote from the official game preview on Sabres.com. It seems as though Ryan Miller is back to spewing the same garbage as last year. Anyone else find it fitting that he had his worst game of the season and still finds time to criticize the team.
"We're not making plays that are connecting," said Ryan Miller, who entered Thursday's game with a 5-0-1 record and a 1.60 GAA before allowing five goals on 40 shots. "It's not the kind of hockey we want to play."
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