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Buffalo Sabres (29-11-6, 64pts) Game #47 Phoenix Coyotes (28-16-5, 61pts)
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Date: January 18, 2010
Location: Glendale, AZ
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Arena: Jobing.com Arena
TV: MSG-B
SBN Affiliate/ Blogs Five For Howling
Radio:

WGR (550AM)

Season Series BUF 1-0-0,PHX 0-1-0
Final Score Sabres 7 Coyotes 2

Buffalo Sabres Category Phoenix Coyotes
125 (2.7) Goals For 127 (2.6)
102 (2.2) Goals Against 118 (2.4)
1423 (30.9) Shots For 1461(29.8)
1474 (32.0) Shots Against 1410 (28.8)
34/192 - 17.7% (T-17) Power Play 33/192 - 17.2% (22)
22/161 - 86.3% (3) Penalty Kill 35/202 - 82.7% (10)
Game Notes
  • When looking at the special teams percentages the teams appear to be even, however the Sabres are a plus-12 and the Coyotes a minus-2 on special teams.
  • Tim Connolly will put his 11 game point streak (5-11-16) on the line tonight. Connolly is the team leader with 39 points on the season.
  • The Coyotes and Sabres are very similar teams that play a defensive style and expect every line to contribute offensively. With all the hat tricks that are scored in the NHL it's surprising that neither of these teams have had one this season despite their impressive records in their respective conferences.
  • The Sabres beat the Coyotes at HSBC Arena on October 8 with Clarke MacArthur and Thomas Vanek scoring goals for the Sabres. Matthew Lombardi was the goal scorer for the Coyotes.
  • The Coyotes are 12-2-2 in their last 16 home games and they are 2-1-1 on their current home stand.
  • The Sabres are 7-0-1 against Western Conference teams heading into the game against Phoenix.
Expected Goalies


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Ryan Miller 39 2298 26 8 77 2.01 1212 1135 .936 5


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Ilya Bryzgalov 42 2484 25 12 94 2.27 1159 1065 .919 5



Projected Lines

Sabres Current Lines

Paul Gaustad - Derek Roy -Drew Stafford
Jochen Hecht - Tim Connolly - Jason Pominville
Thomas Vanek - Tim Kennedy - Mike Grier
Adam Mair - Clarke MacArthur - Patrick Kaleta
Craig Rivet - Chris Butler
Steve Montador - Toni Lydman
Tyler Myers - Henrik Tallinder
Updated 1/14/10