Buffalo Sabres (8-2-2, 18PTS) vs. Atlanta Thrashers (4-7-2, 10PTS)
7:30 PM EST, HSBC Arena
TV: MSG-B (Buffalo)
Radio: WGR 550 (Buffalo), XM 206 (National)
Season Series: 0-0-1
The Thrashers took two points from the Sabres in the first meeting between these two teams. The Thrashers jumped out to an early two goal lead before the Sabres battled back with a goal late in the second period and another late goal in the third. Neither team scored in the overtime and Atlanta eventually won in a shootout. Patrick Lalime was in goal for the Sabres the last time the two teams met.
Ryan Miller is expected to start for the Sabres after three days off. Miller has not allowed a goal in his last two games rebounding from his worst performance of the season against Tampa Bay. Miller is leading the league in Goals Against Average allowing only 1.62 goals a game.
The Sabres will come in with fresh legs, there last game was a 2-0 shutout of the New Jersey Devils. Buffalo will also have Jochen Hecht back in the lineup for the first time since he had surgery to repair a broken finger on October 14.
The Thrashers come to Buffalo after beating the New York Islanders 4-3 on Thursday night. The Thrashers trailed 3-1 after two periods and scored three third period goals to earn the victory.
- Andrej Sekera: 0G-5A-5P in last four games
- Jaro Spacek: 0G-5A-5P in last three games
- Jason Pominville: 2G-1A-3P in last two games
- Ex-Sabres Slava Kozlov: 5G-1A-6P in last five games
- Ilya Kovalchuk: 2G-2A-4P in last two games
- Tobias Enstrom: 1G-3A-4P in last two games
- Todd White: 1G-3A-4P in last two games
The word is finally in and Matt Ellis has been waived. If he clears waivers, he will be sent to Portland.
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