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Buffalo Sabres (28-21-6) Game # 56 San Jose Sharks (37-7-8)
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Date: February 13, 2009
Location: Buffalo, NY
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Arena: HSBC Arena
TV: MSG-B SBN Affiliate/ Blogs

Fear the Fin

Battle of California

Audio:

WGR (550AM)

Season Series First Meeting

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Starting Goalies

Buffalo Sabres


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Ryan Miller 46 2730 26 14 5 3 112 2.46 1387 1275 .919 5

San Jose Sharks


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Evgeni Nabokov 40 2388 28 6 6 0 96 2.41 1070 974 .910 4


Leading Scorers

Buffalo Sabres


G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Derek Roy 19 31 50 4 22

San Jose Sharks


G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Joe Thornton 13 45 58 20 40

Game Notes

  • The loss to Ottawa on Wednesday was the Sabres first home loss of 2009.
  • This is the first meeting of the season between the Sabres and Sharks. Buffalo won last year in San Jose 7-1.
  • Start the chant now...REGGIE...REGGIE...REGGIE!!! Andrej Sekera is back in the lineup which means that Mike Weber gets to go back to Portland for some much needed seasoning.
  • The Sabres power play was 1-for-12 on Wednesday. That increases their power play slump to 4-for-37 in their last seven games.
  • Tim Connolly assisted on Ales Kotalik power play goal on Wednesday, increasing his point streak to four games. He has two goals and three assists in his last four.
  • Drew Stafford and Matt Ellis are expected to be the guys parked in front of Nabakov on the power play. It's a role that Stafford is not accustomed to and Ellis doesn't usually play on the power play.
  • Ryan Miller is expected to make his fourth consecutive start.
  • The Sharks to Pittsburgh on Wednesday, 2-1 in a shootout.