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Game #26

Buffalo Sabres (11-11-3, 25PTS) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (6-11-8, 20PTS)

7:30 PM EST, St. Pete Times Forum

TV: MSG-B (Buffalo)

Radio: WGR 550 (Buffalo), XM 238 (National)

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08-09 Series : 0-1-0

Opponent Blogs: Bolts Blog

If nothing else, there should be some added excitement for tonights game with the addition of Nathan Gerbe to the roster. As mentioned here earlier and all over the internet today, the Sabres called up rookie Forward Nathan Gerbe and sent Mark Mancari back to Portland.

Buffalo is just 2-8-0 in their last 10 games but Tampa Bay is 1-5-4 in their last 10. Something has to give for these two teams tonight, I believe that one team has to win.

Despite the mini-fued betwen Lindy Ruff and Ryan Miller it looks like Miller is going to get the start tonight. Miller allowed only two goals in the 2-1 loss to Florida on Thursday but he was criticized by Lindy Ruff for the first goal. Miller was not happy with the criticism and it will be interesting to see how he responds.

Based on what we have read in the media since the last loss...I would expect to see a good effort from the Sabres tonight. The problem with the game tonight is best written by Kevin from Bflo Blog...he's right it's a no win situation but it is worth two points.

Starting Goalies

Buffalo Sabres


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Ryan Miller 20 1148 10 7 2 2 48 2.51 540 492 .911 2

Tampa Bay Lightning


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Mike Smith 19 1153 5 7 7 2 46 2.39 642 596 .928 1

Injuries


Buffalo Sabres Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Clarke MacArthur ankle 12.6.2008
Andrew Peters abdominal strain 12.6.2008

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

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Chris Gratton lower body 11.19.2008
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