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Buffalo Sabres (13-11-3) Game # 28 Tampa Bay Lightning (6-13-8)

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Date: December 10, 2008
Location: Buffalo, NY
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Arena: HSBC Arena
TV: MSG-B SBN Affiliate No Affiliate Blogs
Radio:

WGR (550AM)

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Previous Games TB 5-2, BUF 4-3

It's another one of those trap games for the Sabres. They seem to struggle at home against opponents that they should beat. Luckily for Buffalo they are playing a team that is in disarray. The Lightning have won only one time since they abruptly fired Barry Melrose and named Rick Tocchet as the head coach. Yesterday Barry Melrose went on a Toronto Radio Show and ripped the Lightning organization and declared that he hopes they don't win another game.

The Sabres have split the previous two games with the Lightning. Suffering an embarrasing 5-2 loss at the HSBC Arena earlier in the season and beating the Lightning last week in Tampa Bay.

Probable Starting Goalies

Buffalo Sabres


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Ryan Miller 22 1268 12 7 2 2 54 2.56 595 541 .909 2

Tampa Bay Lightning


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Mike Smith 21 1271 5 9 7 3 54 2.55 692 638 .922 1


Injuries


Buffalo Sabres Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Andrew Peters abdominal strain 12.10.2008

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Patrick Kaleta head/neck 12.1.2008
Tim Connolly broken rib 11.15.2008


Tampa Bay Lightning Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Ryan Malone upper body 12.10.2008

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Jeff Halpern right knee surgery 9.18.2008
David Koci broken hand 11.27.2008
Gary Roberts groin 12.2.2008
Matt Pettinger sprained right knee 11.24.2008

Funny video about Lightning Forward Ryan Malone