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Buffalo Sabres @ Florida Panthers [Game Thread]

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Game #25

Buffalo Sabres (11-10-3, 25PTS) vs. Florida Panthers (10-11-3, 23PTS)

7:30 PM EST, BankAtlantic Center

TV: MSG-B (Buffalo)

Radio: WGR 550 (Buffalo), XM 237 (National)

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08-09 Series : First Meeting

Opponent Blogs: Panthers Official Site

The Buffalo Sabres come into the game suffering from plenty of injuries. Despite being injured in the last game it looks like both Derek Roy and Toni Lydman will be in the lineup tonight.

The Sabres have lost their last two games and seven of their last nine. Despite their awful record in recent games they have not lost in regulation on the road against a team that they were ahead of in the standings. Buffalo is 1-0-2 in road games against teams that trailed them in the standings.

It looks like the lines will get just a slight shakeup this evening. On paper it looks like a pretty good offensive unit but you are only as good as your last game (and we know how that turned out).

Probable Lines

Vanek Roy Stafford
Gaustad Hecht Pominville
Afinogenov Mair Kotalik
Paille MacArthur Mancari




Starting Goalies

Buffalo Sabres


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Ryan Miller 19 1089 10 6 2 2 46 2.53 515 469 .911 2

Florida Panthers


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Craig Anderson 11 574 5 1 3 0 19 1.99 333 314 .943 2

Injuries

I've already talked about the Sabres injuries above and they can be found all over this page so I won't bore you with the details. However you may not be familiar with the Florida Panthers Injury list so here it is...


Florida Panthers Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Bryan Allen left knee surgery 10.12.2008
Richard Zednik left elbow 11.25.2008
Cory Murphy shoulder 10.29.2008
Nathan Horton lacerated leg/ankle 11.27.2008
Cory Stillman post-concussion symptoms 11.17.2008