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The Sabres try to bounce back after an awful game against Tampa as they continue their Florida road trip.

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Game #27

Buffalo Sabres (9-15-2) at
Florida Panthers (10-7-7)

Puck Drop: 7:00 pm EST | BB&T Center | Sunrise, FL
TV: MSG, Bell TV, FS-F | Radio: WGR 550
SB Nation Panthers Blog: Litter Box Cats

Three Questions

1. How bad will the shot differential look tonight?

In their last game against Tampa Bay, the Sabres were outshot 35-13, while on the same night, the Panthers outshot the Columbus Blue Jackets 55-20. Something tells me we might see something along the same lines tonight, which of course would not bode well for Buffalo.

2. How will Michal Neuvirth look in his first game since November 18?

The biggest reason the Sabres won six of seven games over the past few weeks was the play of Jhonas Enroth, who finally came back to Earth on Thursday, so we'll see Neuvirth for the first time in a while tonight. Hopefully he can shake the rust off quickly.

3. Can the Sabres bounce back from one of their worst games of the season, or will the tailspin continue?

Thursday's game was just awful all-around, and tonight will go a long was toward determining what type of team the Sabres truly have - the team that started 1-7 or the team that won six of seven.

Projected BUF Lineup

Moulson - Girgensons - Ennis
Flynn - Mitchell - Gionta
Foligno - Hodgson - Stafford
Deslauriers - McCormick - Kaleta

Gorges - Myers
Zadorov - Ristolainen
Weber - Strachan

Goal: Michal Neuvirth