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Buffalo Sabres (24-17-5) Game # 47 Tampa Bay Lightning (15-21-10)
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Date: January 21, 2009
Location: Tampa, FL
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Arena: St. Pete Times Forum
TV: MSG-B SBN Affiliate/ Blogs
audio:

WGR (550AM)

Season Series 2-1-0
Final Score

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


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Ryan Miller 38 2250 22 11 4 3 93 2.48 1134 1041 .918 3


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Mike Smith 37 2240 12 16 9 5 93 2.49 1153 1060 .919 2