Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:
Buffalo: Matt Hackett 1-0-0 1.51 GAA .958 SV% 0 SO
Nashville: Pekka Rinne 7-9-2 2.66 GAA .907 SV% 1 SO
Last Meeting: March 11 @ Buffalo-Sabres Lost 4-1
Season Series: Predators Lead 1-0-0
All-Time: Predators Lead 8-6-2
All-Time at NSH: Sabres Lead 6-2-0
Buffalo: Stewart High Ankle Sprain(Out), Sulzer Upper Body(Out), Girgensons Lower Body(Out), Enroth Lower Body(Out), Neuvirth Lower Body(Out), Myers Bruised Elbow(Questionable), Mitchell Undisclosed(Out), Konopka Back Spasms(Questionable)
Nashville: Jones Concussion-Like Symptoms(Out), Gaustad Upper Body(Out), Eaves Lower Body(Out)
Next 5 Games:
March 29 vs Tampa Bay Lightning 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
April 1 vs New Jersey Devils 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)
April 3 at St. Louis Blues 8:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)
April 4 at Detroit Red Wings 7:30 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)
April 6 at Philadelphia Flyers 7:30 PM(NBCSN HD/TSN2 HD)
Tampa Bay: Carle(130), Gudas(105), Hedman(73), Brewer(68)
Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:
Buffalo: Jhonas Enroth 3-13-5 2.90 GAA .907 SV% 0 SO
Tampa Bay: Ben Bishop 29-11-4 2.07 GAA .931 SV% 4 SO
Last Meeting: October 26 Lightning Won 3-2
Season Series: Lightning Lead 2-0-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 49-24-6
All-Time at TBL: Sabres Lead 26-11-3
March 29 vs Lightning 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Last Game Recap:
Sabres Win Streak Haulted At 3 By Stars
Tyler Ennis returned to the Buffalo Sabres lineup Monday night and kept his hot hand on the burner while goaltender Jhonas Enroth did everything he could to keep Buffalo in the game.
However, Alex Chaisson of the Dallas Stars scored the game-winning on the power play with 9:35 remaining in the third period to give the Stars a 3-2 victory over the Sabres at American Airlines Center.
The Sabres had killed off four Star power plays in a row to that point, but Chaisson’s shot – the first on that fifth Dallas power play – came with 15 seconds remaining in the man advantage and found its way over the goal line.
Enroth made 36 saves in the game, including 13 on the penalty kill.
“The first couple periods, I didn’t think we were in that game at all,” Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan said. “If it wasn’t for Jhonas, I don’t think the score would’ve been as close as it was. But in the third period, we played a little bit better and then we took a bad penalty again. They capitalize and that was the difference.”
The Stars were called for only one penalty in the game to the Sabres’ six.
Buffalo came into the game on a season-high three-game winning streak, but were unable to make it four in a row.
“We didn’t skate as well as we did the previous games and took a lot of penalties,” defenseman Christian Ehrhoff said. “They got one in the end on the power play and it just wasn’t enough today.”
Ennis scored with 2:43 remaining in the first period to open the scoring and extend his point-streak to four games. When he scored again 3:23 into the third period to tie the game, 2-2, he recorded his ninth point (4+5) in his past eight games. Ennis had missed the team’s past two games with general body soreness.
For Ennis’ first goal, Stafford fed a saucer pass over to Ennis from the left wing and with the assist, Stafford now has 12 points (6+6) in his past 11 games.
New-look Lightning get Stamkos back to face Sabres
Last 10: Buffalo 4-5-1; Tampa Bay 3-7-0
Big story:Steven Stamkos returns and a new chapter in the history of the Lightning begins Thursday after Martin St. Louis was traded to the New York Rangers on Wednesday for Ryan Callahan in a swap of team captains.
Sabres: Twenty-one games remain for Buffalo to audition young talent for next season. The Sabres followed up the huge trade with the St. Louis Blues last week that saw goalie Ryan Miller and forward Steve Ott moved by also parting ways with the goalie they got back in that trade, Jaroslav Halak, as well as forwards Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick and defenseman Brayden McNabb prior to the NHL Trade Deadline passing on Wednesday.
Michal Neuvirth, acquired from the Washington Capitals for Halak, joins Jhonas Enroth as the new goalie tandem. Each is 25 years old. Veteran forward Torrey Mitchell comes over from the Minnesota Wild in the package for Moulson and McCormick. Forward Hudson Fasching, seen by general manager Tim Murray as a top-six prospect, was part of the McNabb trade. The Sabres also added forward Cory Conacher off waivers from the Ottawa Senators.
“We were focused today,” general manager Tim Murray said, “and on Draft Day, if players are available, we can be aggressive, and if not we can keep adding young talent.”
Lightning: This is the start of a six-game homestand for Tampa Bay, giving the fans plenty of opportunity to get used to seeing Stamkos zip around the ice again and come to terms with the absence of St. Louis, who joined the organization for the 2000-01 season, was part of a Stanley Cup team in 2004 and six times reached at least 30 goals and 80 points.
“I’m going to utilize all the skills Marty has taught me over the years,” Stamkos said in the Tampa Bay Times. “He’s taught me a lot of things and he’s taught a lot of guys a lot of things. We learn from that and get stronger as a team. That’s the only way we can get through this.”
Callahan, who has scored as many as 29 goals in a season, is an unrestricted free agent after this season. He was traded after being unable to reach an agreement with the Rangers on an extension, but general manager Steve Yzerman said he hopes to sign Callahan to a new contract.
“I’ve heard nothing but good things from players that have played there,” Callahan told TSN. “… They’re in the playoff hunt too, which is big. I’m excited to get down there to Tampa and get going.”
Who’s hot: Sabres forward Tyler Ennis returned Monday to score both their goals in a 3-2 loss to the Dallas Stars. He has four goals in the past three games he’s played. … Lightning forward Teddy Purcell has an assist in four of the past five games.
Part of the Ryan Miller trade was a conditional pick from the Blues which at best could be a 2014 1st rounder and at worst be a 2016 3rd rounder if no conditions are met. Here are the known conditions to the pick:
The Sabres receive the Blues’ 1st round pick in 2014 and 3rd round pick in 2016, Sabres send their 2014 2nd round pick acquired in the Pominville trade and their own 2014 3rd rounder to the Blues if:
– If St. Louis makes it to the Western Conference Finals and Miller appears in at least 50% of the game minutes accumulated by Blues’ goalies during the 1st and 2nd round of the 2014 playoffs
– If St. Louis signs Miller before the Blues’ first round selection in the 2014 draft, 2014 1st rounder, Sabres send the 2014 2nd round pick acquired in the Pominville trade and their own 2014 3rd rounder to the Blues.
– If the Blues trade Miller to another team before their own 1st round selection the 2014 draft.
If none of the above conditions are met the Sabres receive the Blues’ 2016 2nd rounder if:
– Blues sign Miller after their 1st round draft selection in the 2014
– Blues trade Miller to another team after Blues’ 1st round draft selection and prior to July 1, 2014
– Blues sign Miller during the 2014-15 season
If no conditions are met the Sabres receive the Blues 3rd round pick in 2016.