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Sabres Foligno Returns To Action Against the Lightning

@ 7:30 PM

Last Game:

Buffalo: October 5 at Penguins Loss 4-1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDjkCnuGQuc

Tampa Bay: October 5 at Blackhawks Won(SO) 3-2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mha1Ag2LrN4

Record:

Buffalo: 0-3-0

Tampa Bay: 1-1-0

Points:

Buffalo: 0

Tampa Bay: 2

Rank In Conference:

Buffalo: 15th(8th in Atlantic)

Tampa Bay: 11th(7th in Atlantic)

Goals For:

Buffalo: 2(29th)

Tampa Bay: 3(T-25th)

Goals Against:

Buffalo: 7(T-18th)

Tampa Bay: 5(T-9th)

Power Play Rankings:

Buffalo: 0.0%(T-23rd)

Tampa Bay: 16.7%(T-15th)

Penalty Kill Rankings:

Buffalo: 100.0%(T-1st)

Tampa Bay: 87.5%(10th)

 Shots For:

Buffalo: 76(10th)

Tampa Bay: 49(22nd)

Shots Against:

Buffalo: 115(30th)

Tampa Bay: 64(16th)

Face-Off Percentage:

Buffalo: 45.1%(25th)
Tampa Bay: 47.8%(T-21st)

Hits:

Buffalo: 67(5th)

Tampa Bay: 49(T-15th)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: 44(7th)

Tampa Bay: 33(T-13th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Buffalo: Girgensons and Vanek(1)

Tampa Bay: Filppula, St. Louis, and Purcell(1)

Assists:

Buffalo: Flynn and Hodgson(1)

Tampa Bay: Stamkos(2), Brewer, Kilkorn, St. Louis, and Carle(1)

Points:

Buffalo: Girgensons, Vanek, Flynn, and Hodgson(1)

Tampa Bay: St. Louis and Stamkos(2), Filppula, Brewer, Kilkorn, Purcell, and Carle(1)

Plus/Minus:

Buffalo: Ehrhoff and Pysyk(+2), 7 Tied with EV Rating

Tampa Bay: Brewer, Filppula, Purcell, Thompson, and Barberio(+1), 8 Players Tied with EV Rating

Penalty Minutes:

Buffalo: Myers(6), 5 Players Tied with 2 PIM

Tampa Bay: Gudas(7), Labrie(5), Malone(4), 5 Players Tied with 2 PIM

Shots:

Buffalo: Vanek(15), Ehrhoff(9), Flynn and Ristolainen(6), Grigorenko, Hodgson, and Ennis(5)

Tampa Bay: Purcell and Thompson(6), Carle(5), Stamkos, Kilkorn, and Sustr(4), St. Louis, Hedman, Malone, and Ty. Johnson(3)

Face-Off Wins:

Buffalo: Hodgson(32), Ott(22), Porter(9), Grigorenko and Larsson(7)

Tampa Bay: Filppula(19), Ty. Johnson(18), Stamkos(13), Thompson(11)

Hits:

Buffalo: Ott(15), Weber(11), Porter(7), Girgensons and Kaleta(5)

Tampa Bay: LaBrie(10), Gudas(9), Brewer(6), Crombeen(5)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(8), Weber(7), McBain(5), Pysyk(4)

Ottawa: Carle(5), Malone, Stamkos, and Thompson(3), 6 Players Tied with 2 Blocked Shots

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

Buffalo: Jhonas Enroth 0-1-0 3.00 GAA .912 SV% 0 SO

Tampa Bay: Ben Bishop 1-0-0 1.85 GAA .949 SV% 0 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: April 14 Sabres Won 3-1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waKjNxAO5Pw

Season Series: Senators Won 2-1-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 49-23-5

All-Time vs. TBL: Sabres Lead 23-13-2

Upcoming Matchups:

October 26 at Lightning 7:00 PM

March 6 at Lightning 7:30 PM

March 29 vs Lightning 7:00 PM

Last Game Recap:

Fleury improves to 2-0 as Penguins beat Sabres

The 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs seem like a distant memory right now for Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.

Fleury stopped 20 of 21 shots Saturday night, leading the Penguins to a 4-1 victory against the Buffalo Sabres at Consol Energy Center.

Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Chuck Kobasew each scored their second goals of the season. Buffalo forward Thomas Vanek ended Fleury’s attempt at a second consecutive shutout with 4:56 left in the game.

“We like our chances if we keep getting those opportunities,” Crosby said. “We didn’t allow a lot of shots against, too, and that’s a big thing. It would’ve been nice to keep it at no score there, but that was a nice goal by Vanek and we’ll keep trying to keep pucks out of our net.”

A day after Ryan Miller was handed a loss despite surrendering one goal on 46 shots to the Ottawa Senators, Enroth stopped 31 of 34 shots and played well enough to keep the Sabres in the game until Kunitz’s goal. But Buffalo’s offense came up short again, especially on the power play.

“We lost three straight games and obviously we’re frustrated,” Enroth said. “I don’t think I made any mistakes. I played solid and I didn’t give up big rebounds and stuff like that, so I felt good today.

“Obviously, we need to score more and the guys are doing their best. We have a couple really good players on this team, too, so I’m sure they’re going to start scoring a couple of goals here in the next couple of games.”

The Sabres are now 0-for-13 on the man-advantage and have scored two goals through three games this season. They failed to convert on two power play chances against Pittsburgh.

“We didn’t generate a lot tonight,” Sabres coach Ron Rolston said. “We just have to be a lot simpler than we were tonight. We pass up opportunities when we do get them and I thought they [the Penguins] played really well.”

http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2013020025

Tonight’s Preview:

Big story: Playing their fourth game in seven days, will the Sabres be able to generate any offense? They have two goals in three games, and already have lost two one-goal games.

Team Scope:

Lightning: This will be the third stop on a three-game road trip before a seven-game homestand for the Lightning. The first two legs saw them play the reigning Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins and the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. They’ve played well in both, with a 3-2 shootout win against the Blackhawks on Saturday after trailing 2-0 halfway through the third period. Ben Bishop had 39 saves in the win.

“We needed Ben Bishop to stand tall if we had any chance of coming back and he did,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper told the team’s website. “We got one goal and then we were opportunistic on our power play and we snuck out with a win.”

Sabres: Despite excellent play from goalies Ryan Miller and Jhonas Enroth, it hasn’t translated into wins for the Sabres. That was the case Saturday in a 4-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in which Enroth made 31 saves but got no offensive support.

“Limiting that team to as many chances as we did, I thought Jhonas played great, but overall, it’s the same story,” Cody Hodgson told the Sabres’ website after the game. “We need to generate offense. One goal isn’t enough.”

Miller, who sat out Saturday with a lower-body injury, is questionable for the game Tuesday. He has stopped 77 of 80 shots in two games this season.

“Our goalies have stood on their heads all three games,” defenseman Mike Weber said. “And it’s unfortunate that we can’t be better in front of them to limit some of their shots and some of their chances. It all comes down to us finding a way to get some offense going, generate some offense and bear down and score goals.”

Who’s hot: Stamkos had two assists in the Lightning’s defeat of the Blackhawks on Saturday.

http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/preview?id=2013020041&navid=sb:preview

Injury Report:

Buffalo: Foligno Strained Shoulder(IR/Probable), Miller Lower Body(Questionable), Hodgson Lower Body(Questionable), Tallinder Upper Body(Out), Tropp Broken Jaw(IR/Out), Zadarov Finger(IR/Out), Leino Cracked Ribs(Out)

Tampa Bay: Ohlund Left Knee Surgery(IR/Out), Lee Knee Surgery(IR/Out)

Next 5 Games:

October 10 vs Columbus Blue Jackets 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

October 12 at Chicago Blackhawks 8:00 PM(MSG HD, NHLN HD)

October 14 vs Minnesota Wild 7:30 PM(NBCSN HD/TSN2 HD)

October 15 at New York Islanders 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

October 17 vs Vancouver Canucks 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

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