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Buffalo Sabres (16-9-2, 32pts) Game # 28 Washington Capitals (19-5-6, 44pts)
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Date: December 9, 2009
Location: Buffalo, NY
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Arena: HSBC Arena
SBN Affiliate/ Blogs Japers' Rink

WGR (550AM)

Season Series BUF 0-1-0,WSH 1-0-0
Final Score

Buffalo Sabres Category Washington Capitals
71 (2.63) Goals For 108 (3.60)
62 (2.30) Goals Against 80 (2.67)
869 (32.2) Shots For 953 (31.8)
801 (29.7) Shots Against 911 (30.4)
22/120 - 18.3% (21) Power Play 31/127 - 24.4% (1)
14/95 - 85.3% (3) Penalty Kill 24/117 - 79.5% (18)
Game Notes
  • The Sabres were shutout on Monday against the New Jersey Devils. They are 2-0 in games that follow a shutout this season.
  • Eric Fehr has a seven game point streak (5+5) for the Capitals.
  • The Capitals are currently on a six game winning streak and they have a four game road winning streak as well.
  • We often talk about the importance of the first goal and it has been important for the Sabres this season. The Capitals have a rare stat line...they are 5-0-2 when their opponent scores first.
  • Nathan Gerbe has been recalled by the Sabres and is expected to make his 2009 Sabres debut.
Expected Goalies

2009 - Ryan Miller 24 1420 16 6 45 1.90 695 650 .935 3

2009 - Jose Theodore 16 842 7 3 43 3.06 440 397 .902 0

Projected Lines

Sabres Current Lines

Thomas Vanek - Tim Connolly -Drew Stafford
Jochen Hecht - Derek Roy - Jason Pominville
Clarke MacArthur - Tim Kennedy - Nathan Gerbe
Matt Ellis - Adam Mair - Patrick Kaleta
Craig Rivet - Nathan Paetsch
Steve Montador - Toni Lydman
Tyler Myers - Henrik Tallinder
Updated 12/9/09

SPG Game

I quickly put up a post before the first game that explained the SPG Game. Unfortunately I did not do a very good job of explaining it. I will try to do a better job of explaining the game and the objective in this post. As always , if there are any questions send me an e-mail or ask in the comments.

What is the SPG Game?

"SPG" is an acronym for "Shot", "Penalty" and "Goal". The object of the game is to predict which Buffalo Sabres player will have the first shot, penalty and goal for each period.

How Does it Work?

You receive one point for every correct prediction you make. This gives you a potential for nine points in a regulation game, 12 points in an overtime game and 14 points in a shootout.

How Do I Sign Up?

The SPG Game is free to play with a special thanks to Gary Perez for building the platform that drives these statistics. You can sign up by visiting this page and creating account. After creating account you will have to visit the game page to make your selections.


There will be prizes available for the winner of each month as well as a grand prize winner at the conclusion of the regular season. The winner of the grand prize at the end of the season will win a Buffalo Sabres jersey. We will start out small by giving away a Buffalo Sabres poster to the winner of the October SPG Game.

Congrats to JSCoope on winning the prize for November. I will be contacting you soon to get mailing information.

Mobile Site

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