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The Week Ahead: Thanksgiving Edition

The Sabres continue their stretch of playing Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday with their three games this week.  The Sabres travel to Washington and Philadelphia before coming home to face the Carolina on Saturday.


Where:  @ Washington

When:  7:00 pm

Notes:  This will be the first meeting between the Capitals and Sabres this season.  Last year, the Sabres went 2-2 against the Capitals, each going 1-1 at home.  Washington's Alexander Ovechkin has missed six games this month before returning against the Rangers on November 17th.  Since then, he has scored two goals in three games.  The Capitals will also be without Alexander Semin who has a wrist injury.  He has missed the past three games.


Where:  @Philadelphia

When:  1:00 pm

Notes:  One of the few afternoon games that Buffalo has happens against the Flyers on the day after Thanksgiving.  The Flyers are 1-1 against the Sabres this season with each team taking the decision on the road.  This will be the third meeting in the month of November, the Flyers and Sabres will not meet again until March 5th in Buffalo.  Chris Pronger has been sort of a Sabre killer this season, two of his four goals have come against the Sabres.  Pronger has found success against Buffalo, scoring 6 goals in 28 games. 


Where:  vs. Carolina

When:  7:00 pm

Notes:  The Carolina Hurricanes have had their fair share of struggles this season, only winning five of their first 22 games.  Their lack of success can be attributed to injuries and an offensive outage.  They are 27th in the league with 50 total goals, two behind the Sabres, and their starting goaltender Cam Ward has been out for a few weeks after being cut in the leg with a skate blade.

Division Snapshot

The Sabres still lead the Northeast Division with 26 points, one ahead of the Ottawa Senators and two ahead of the Boston Bruins.  The Senators and Bruins will play four games this week, including one between themselves, while the Leafs and Canadiens will play three.