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Sabres vs. Lightning Preview: Battle of the McGinns

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Can the Sabres extend their winning streak and beat the Lightning in their third try this season?

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Game #13

Buffalo Sabres (5-7-0) vs.
Tampa Bay Lightning (6-6-2)

Puck Drop: 7:00 pm EST | First Niagara Center | Buffalo, NY
TV: MSG, Bell, Sun | Radio: WGR 550
SB Nation Lightning Blog: Raw Charge

Two Questions

1. Can the Sabres take advantage of a struggling Lightning team?

Tampa Bay has lost their last five of six games, and Jon Cooper has even broken up the Triplets line (gasp!) in search of some new chemistry. The Lightning have already beaten the Sabres twice this season, but each game has gotten closer, and the Sabres have found their groove recently while the Eastern Conference Champs continue to struggle. Will the Sabres finally break though with a victory in their third try?

2. Which McGinn will win?

Jamie McGinn's brother Tye was called up by the Lightning at the beginning of the month and has filled in on Tampa's fourth line. The third McGinn brother, Brock, was called up by the Hurricanes as well, so with two of the three McGinn brothers playing tonight, who will emerge with bragging rights?

Projected BUF lines

Deslauriers - O'Reilly - Ennis
Larsson - Eichel - Foligno
Moulson - Girgensons - Gionta
McGinn - Legwand - Reinhart

Gorges - Ristolainen
McCabe - Franson
Colaiacovo - Pysyk

Goal: Linus Ullmark

Projected TBL lines

Palat - Stamkos - Callahan
Killorn - Johnson - Kucherov
Boyle - Filppula - Kondra
McGinn - Namestnikov - Brown

Hedman - Stralman
Carle - Garrison
Sustr - Coburn

Goal: Ben Bishop