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Buffalo Sabres vs. Nashville Predators [Game Thread]

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Game #24

Buffalo Sabres (11-9-3, 25PTS) vs. Nashville Predators (11-10-2, 24PTS)

7:00 PM EST, HSBC Arena

TV: MSG-B (Buffalo)

Radio: WGR 550 (Buffalo), XM 207 (National)

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08-09 Series : BUF 1-0-0

Opponent Blogs: On the Forecheck

This is one of those trap games that I talked about yesterday. The Preds aren't exactly one of the leagues weaker teams but they are a team that Buffalo should beat at home. Should and will are two entirely different things. This is a situation when the Sabres need to play within the system.

The Preds are currently in eighth place in the Western Conference just one point ahead of the LA Kings and Columbus Blue Jackets. Despite their winning record this season, Nashville is 6-7-1 on the road.

Plenty of roster changes for Buffalo tonight after a 3-2 loss to Montreal on Saturday. Ales Kotalik is ready to play and will be in the lineup for Buffalo. He will play on the fourth line with Peters and Mair but he will certainly get power play ice time. Andrew Peters is expected in the lineup against Nashville who plays a more physical style of play. That means that everyones favorite wipping boy, Max Afinogenov will once again be a healthy scratch. A late scratch from the lineup is Craig Rivet...his absence will mean an opportunity for Nathan Paetsch to be in the lineup.

Goalies

Buffalo Sabres


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Ryan Miller 18 1031 10 5 2 2 44 2.56 488 444 .910 2

Nashville Predators


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Pekka Rinne 5 221 3 0 0 0 13 3.53 97 84 .866 0