|Buffalo Sabres (24-17-5)||Game # 47|| Tampa Bay Lightning (15-21-10) |
| ||vs.|| |
|Date:||January 21, 2009 ||Location:||Tampa, FL |
|Time:||7:30 p.m. ET ||Arena:||St. Pete Times Forum |
|TV:||MSG-B||SBN Affiliate/ Blogs|
It will be the last game before the All-Star Break and also the last meeting of the season between these two teams. The Sabres were embarrased at home by the Lightning in October but have rebounded and beaten them both times since that game.
The last time these two teams played in Tampa it was one of those strange games we have been talking about. There was actually a fight between Vinny Lecavalier and Jochen Hecht and Hecht gave Vinny a black eye. I think that may be the only time that I've seen Jochen Hecht fight and it may be the last. Unfortunately it didn't spark Jochen because he continues to struggle despite playing on one of the top two lines.
The Sabres have won three staright and seven of their last nine before this game. They have enjoyed success in the shootout with three of the seven victories in the skills competition. Ryan Miller has been outstanding for the Sabres over the past month or so helping his team to their recent victories.
The Lightning have been playing better hockey lately and have won four of their last six games. In their last game they beat the Dallas Stars 4-2 at the St. Pete Times Forum. Mike Smith has been good in Goal for the Lightning all season and now the offense has picked up.
Don't forget to get your SPG Picks in. If you are new to the sit and unaware of the SPG Game, details are here.
Probable Starting Goalies
|2008 - Ryan Miller||38||2250||22||11||4||3||93||2.48||1134||1041||.918||3|
|2008 - Mike Smith||37||2240||12||16||9||5||93||2.49||1153||1060||.919||2|