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Sitting at the bottom of the Conference, the Sabres look for a spark in Tampa Bay

@ 7:30PM

Last Game:
Tampa Bay: Feb 24 @ Penguins-Lightning Lost 3-5

Buffalo: Feb 23 vs. Islanders-Sabres Lost 4-0

Record:
Tampa Bay: 9-8-1
Buffalo: 6-12-1

Points:
Tampa Bay: 19
Buffalo: 13

Rank In Conference:
Tampa Bay: 8th
Buffalo: 15th

Power Play Ranking:
Tampa Bay: 23.9(6th)
Buffalo: 11.3(30th)

Penalty Kill Ratings:
Tampa Bay: 82.8(T-12th)
Buffalo: 79.2(20th)

Goals For:
Tampa Bay: 69(1st)
Buffalo: 47(19th)

Goals Against:
Tampa Bay: 57(26th)
Buffalo: 63(27th)

Shots For:
Tampa Bay:498(23rd)
Buffalo: 576(5th)

Shots Against:
Tampa Bay: 551(22nd)
Buffalo: 637(29th)

Blocked Shots:
Tampa Bay: 255(17th)
Buffalo: 278(10th)

Hits:
Tampa Bay: 394(15th)
Buffalo: 435(T-10th)

Face-Off Percentage:
Tampa Bay: 51.1(9th)
Buffalo: 45.7(30th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Tampa Bay: Stamkos(13), Conacher(7), Lecavalier and Pouliot(6)
Buffalo: Vanek(12), Hodgson and Pominville(7), Ennis(6), Ott and Sulzer(3)

Assists:
Tampa Bay: St. Louis(20), Stamkos(16), Purcell(14), Lecavalier(11)
Buffalo: Vanek(13), Pominville, Ennis, Hodgson, Ehrhoff(8), Foligno and Stafford(7), Hecht(5)

Points:
Tampa Bay: Stamkos(29), St. Louis(24), Purcell(18), Conacher and Lecavalier(17)
Buffalo: Vanek(25), Pominville and Hodgson(15), Ennis(14), Ehrhoff(10)

Plus/Minus:
Tampa Bay: Salo(+12), Hedman(+10), Pouliot(+8), Purcell(+6)
Buffalo: Ott(+4), Sulzer(+3), Ehrhoff and Brennan(+2)

Penalty Minutes:
Tampa Bay: Crombeen(42), Aulie(29), Hall(23), Lecavalier(16)
Buffalo: Ott(38), Kaleta(29), Scott(26), Weber(25), Foligno(21)

Shots:
Tampa Bay: Stamkos(61), St. Louis(48), Lecavalier(46), Purcell(35)
Buffalo: Vanek(69), Ennis(57), Hodgson(55), Stafford(53), Pominville(50)

Blocked Shots:
Tampa Bay: Carle(37), Brewer(36), Hedman(35), Salo(23)
Buffalo: Ehrhoff(34), Leopold(31), Sekera(27), Weber(26)

Hits:
Tampa Bay: Lecavalier(51), Thompson(36), Aulie(33), Stamkos(29)
Buffalo: Ott(82), Foligno(45), Weber(43), Kaleta(39)

Face-Off Wins:
Tampa Bay: Lecavalier(201), Stamkos(130), Thompson(110), Hall(84)
Buffalo: Hodgson(159), Ott(91), Ennis(87), Hecht(68)

Today Starting Goaltender Matchup:
Tampa Bay: Anders Lindback 7-4-1 3.27 GAA .890 SV% 0 SO
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 6-10-1 2.94 GAA .913 SV% 0 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: Mar 19 2012 @ Lightning-Sabres Won 7-3

Season Series: Lightning Won 3-1-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 48-24-5
All-Time @ TBL: Sabres Lead 25-11-3

This Day In Sabres History:

February 26, 1987

Wilf Paiment scores the only hat trick of his time in Buffalo (one season), and the only hat trick of the year for the Sabres, in a 4-3 win over the Blues at the Aud. The Sabres won for the sixth time in seven games, one of the few bright stretches in a season that saw them finish 16 games under .500 and miss the playoffs for the second year in a row.

Injury Report:
Tampa Bay: Ohlund Knee Surgery(IR/Out), Taormina Undisclosed(IR/Out), Malone Lower Body(IR/Out)
Buffalo: Leino Strained Hip(IR/Out), Leopold Upper Body(Out), Sulzer Lower Body(IR/Out)

Next 5 Games:
Feb 27 at Florida Panthers 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
Mar 2 vs. New Jersey Devils 3:00 PM(MSG HD)
Mar 3 @ New York Rangers 7:30PM(MSG HD)
Mar 5 @ Carolina Hurricanes 7:00PM(MSG HD)
Mar 7 @ New Jersey Devils 7:00PM(MSG HD)

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