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Buffalo Sabres (37-30-8) Game # 76 Atlanta Thrashers (32-38-6)
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Date: April 1, 2009
Location: Atlanta, GA
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Arena: Phillips Arena
TV: MSG-B SBN Affiliate/ Blogs Bird Watchers Anonymous
Radio

WGR (550AM)

Season Series BUF 3pts - ATL 6pts
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Starting Goalies


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Ryan Miller 53 3099 31 16 5 5 130 2.52 1593 1463 .918 5


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Johan Hedberg 29 1475 11 10 3 2 89 3.62 744 655 .880 0



Leading Scorers


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2008 - Derek Roy 75 26 39 65 -5 30 8 0 9 1 204 12.7


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2008 - Ilya Kovalchuk 73 40 47 87 -12 43 12 0 4 1 254 15.7



Injuries


Buffalo Sabres Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Patrick Kaleta concussion 04/01/2009
Teppo Numminen ankle 04/01/2009


Atlanta Thrashers Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Kari Lehtonen other-excused 04/01/2009
Boris Valabik shoulder 03/18/2009



Expected Lines


Game Notes

  • The Sabres are currently six points out of a playoff spot with seven games remaining on the schedule.
  • All three previous meetings between the Sabres and Thrashers have ended in a shootout. The Thrashers have lost all three games.
  • Patrick Kaleta will be in the lineup tonight despite being hit from behind by Maxim Lapierre on Saturday night.
  • Max Afinogenov will be back in the press box tonight and Adam Mair will be in the lineup.
  • Andrej Sekera is going to be a healthy scratch this evening and Teppo Numminen will be back in the lineup.
  • Mikael Tellqvist is expected to back up Ryan Miller tonight because Patrick Lalime is suffering from a hip ailment.