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Buffalo Sabres (12-11-3) Game # 27 Pittsburgh Penguins (15-7-4)
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Date: December 8, 2008
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Time: 7:35 p.m. ET
Stadium: Mellon Arena
TV: Versus Opponent Blogs Pensburgh, The PensBlog
Local Radio:

WGR (550AM)

Season Series 1-1-0
National Radio: XM 207 NHL.com Game Coverage
Previous Games PIT 5-2, BUF 4-3

Let me know what you think of the snazzy new table I have above. I stole it from the Phinsider while I was over there reading about the Dolphins destruction of the Buffalo Bills.

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Likely Starting Goalies

Buffalo Sabres


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Ryan Miller 21 1208 11 7 2 2 51 2.53 563 512 .909 2

Pittsburgh Penguins


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Dany Sabourin 12 672 6 3 2 1 22 1.96 307 285 .928 0

Lines

The early indications are a shakeup of sorts in the Sabres lines. It also looks like it will be either Peters or Paille that will be sitting this one out. It looks like Paille, Max and Stafford are the three forwards that find their way into Ruff's doghouse more often than others. It will be interesting to follow that development for the rest of the season. The likely lines are as follows...

Thomas Vanek Jochen Hecht Jason Pominville
Nathan Gerbe Derek Roy Drew Stafford
Ales Kotalik Adam Mair Clarke MacArthur
Paille/Peters Paul Gaustad Max Afinogenov

Injuries


Buffalo Sabres Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Andrew Peters abdominal strain 12.8.2008

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


Pittsburgh Penguins Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Hal Gill right shoulder 12.8.2008
Mike Zigomanis upper body 12.8.2008

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Sergei Gonchar left shoulder surgery 9.25.2008
Philippe Boucher undisclosed 11.29.2008
Tyler Kennedy sprained knee 12.5.2008
Ryan Whitney left foot surgery 9.20.2008