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Sabres Look To Make It 2 In A Row vs Ekblad and The Panthers 7:00 PM(MSG HD,BELL TV, WGR550)

@ 7:00 PM

Last Game:

Buffalo: Oct 14th @ Hurricanes Won(SO) 4-3

Florida: Oct 13th vs Senators Loss 1-0

Record:

Buffalo: 1-3-0

Florida: 0-2-1

Points:

Buffalo: 2

Florida: 1

Rank In Conference:

Buffalo: 15th(7th in Atlantic)

Florida: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

Goals For:

Buffalo: 7(T-23rd)

Florida: 3(30th)

Goals Against:

Buffalo: 17(28th)

Florida: 9(T-12th)

Power Play Rankings:

Buffalo: 0.0%(T-25th)

Florida: 7.7%(23rd)

Penalty Kill Rankings:

Buffalo: 82.4%(14th)

Florida: 64.7%(28th)

Shots For:

Buffalo: 83(24th)

Florida: 80(26th)

Shots Against:

Buffalo: 156(29th)

Florida: 79(6th)

Face-Off Percentage:

Buffalo: 38.5%(30th)

Florida: 48.1%(25th)

Hits:

Buffalo: 99(13th)

Florida: 90(18th)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: 71(T-6th)

Florida: 27(T-27th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Buffalo: Girgensons, Ennis, and Foligno(2), Mitchell(1)

Florida: MacKenzie, Huberdeau, and Gudbranson(1)

Assists:

Buffalo: Stafford(3), 7 Tied with 1 Assist

Florida: Campbell(2), MacKenzie, Upshall, Ekblad, and Olsen(1)

Points:

Buffalo: Stafford and Foligno(3), Ennis and Girgensons(2), 7 Tied with 1 Point

Florida: Campbell and MacKenzie(2), 5 Tied with 1 Point

Plus/Minus:

Buffalo: Foligno and Girgensons(+1), Strachan, Myers, and Gorges(EV)

Florida: Gudbranson, Olsen, Fleischmann, and Bergenheim(+1)

Penalty Minutes:

Buffalo: Weber(9), Benoit(8), Meszaros, Myers, McCormick, and Mitchell(4)

Florida: Thornton(7), 6 Tied with 4 PIMS

Shots:

Buffalo: Stewart(10), Girgensons and Gionta(9), Stafford(7), Ennis, Myers, and Benoit(6)

Florida: Gudbranson, Boyes, and Fleischmann(8), Kulikov(7), Ekblad and Huberdeau(5)

Face-Off Wins:

Buffalo: Girgensons(24), Ennis and Hodgson(14), Reinhart and Stafford(10), McCormick(8)

Florida: Bjugstad(23), Barkov(22), MacKenzie(19), Bolland(18)

Hits:

Buffalo: Weber(16), Deslauriers(15), Foligno and Girgensons(9), Mitchell(7)

Florida: MacKenzie(14), Olsen(9), Upshall(8), Gudbranson(7)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: Gorges(19), Benoit(12), Weber(9), Meszaros and Myers(5)

Florida: Mitchell(6), Ekblad and Upshall(3), 5 Tied with 2 Blocked Shots

Starting Lineups:

Sabres Forward Lines:

Stafford-Ennis-Moulson

Foligno-Hodgson-Stewart

Mitchell-Girgensons-Gionta

Deslauriers-Reinhart-McCormick

Sabres Defense Pairings:

Myers-Gorges

Benoit-Ristolaninen

Weber-Meszaros

Panthers Forward Lines:

Boyes-Bjugstad-Upshall

Jokinen-Huberdeau-Barkov

Bergenheim-Bolland-Fleischmann

Kopecky-MacKenzie-Hayes

Panthers Defense Pairings:

Ekblad-Campbell

Kulikov-Mitchell

Olsen-Gudbranson

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

Buffalo: Jhonas Enroth 3 GP 1-2-0 3.89 GAA .893 SV% 0 SO

Florida: Roberto Luongo 3 GP 0-2-1 3.78 GAA .870 SV% 0 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: March 7 Panthers Won 2-0

Season Series: Panthers Won 3-1-0-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 44-28-4-0-3

All-Time vs FLA: Sabres Lead 24-12-3-0-1

Upcoming Matchups:

December 6th @ Panthers 7:30 PM

December 13th vs Panthers 7:00 PM

January 2nd vs Panthers 7:00 PM

February 28th @ Panthers 3:00 PM

Last Game Recap:

Sabres outlast Hurricanes in marathon shootout

There were plenty of questions surrounding the Buffalo Sabres after their third straight loss Monday. But after a better effort Tuesday, they found some answers.

The Sabres squandered a two-goal lead in the third period, but Zemgus Girgensons scored in the eighth round of the shootout to lift Buffalo to a 4-3 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena.

After a disheartening 5-1 home loss against the Anaheim Ducks on Monday dropped their record to 0-3-0, coach Ted Nolan challenged his team to deliver more than he saw in a lackluster 12-shot performance.

“I’ve never questioned the character of this team once,” Nolan said. “We weren’t playing very well for whatever reason, and we have to find the solution to our problems and work it out together.”

Until a late comeback by the Hurricanes, the Sabres did just that, riding a two-goal performance from Marcus Foligno.

“It’s going to take some time,” Foligno said. “We know that. We get up 3-1 and we sit back. It’s something that’s fixable. We’ve got confidence now, and this win really does help out.”

Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth won a duel with Carolina goaltender Cam Ward in the shootout. Chris Terry’s second-round shot eluded Enroth, who was sharp all night, tracking pucks well through traffic.

“When you have that feeling that you see all the pucks and you’re feeling big in the net, it’s a pretty big confidence boost right before a shootout,” Enroth said.

http://sabres.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2014020041

Tonight’s Preview:

Panthers’ Ekblad looks to keep improving vs. Sabres

Season series: Defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen scored his first NHL goal as the Buffalo Sabres won the teams’ first game last season 3-1, but the Florida Panthers won the final three. That included wins at First Niagara Center 12 days apart in January and a 2-0 victory in the most recent game, March 7, with Roberto Luongo stopping all 25 shots he faced for his 66th career shutout.

Panthers team scope: Defenseman Aaron Ekblad has seen his ice time increase game by game; he played 23:34 in a 1-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Monday and had two shots on goal. “The kid is playing the way we want him to,” coach Gerard Gallant said, according to the Miami Herald. “He’s looked good. He’s playing the way he did in junior although he’s playing against men, against NHL players, so he’s not getting the scoring chances he did. Still, he’s putting the puck to the net, moving the puck and defending real well. He’s getting better every game.” The Panthers have three goals in three games, and Gallant moved Jimmy Hayes to the top line at practice Wednesday after he had four shots on goal against the Senators in his season debut.

Sabres team scope: Forward Patrick Kaleta practiced Thursday in non-contract jerseys. Kaleta, who sustained a head injury when hit in the head by a puck in a preseason game, also wore a full face shield. “Nice to be back out there with my teammates,” Kaleta said, according to the Sabres website. “Can’t wait to be cleared, then I’ll be ready to go.” Two other injured players, defensemen Jake McCabe (mid-body) and Mark Pysyk (upper body), also practiced Thursday; McCabe wore a non-contact jersey. After practice both players were re-assigned to Rochester of the American Hockey League. Of the three injured players, Buffalo coach Ted Nolan said Kaleta probably was the furthest from returning. The Sabres come off a 4-3 shootout win at the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday as they begin a brief homestand that sees the Boston Bruins visit on Saturday.

http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/preview?id=2014020056&navid=sb:preview

Injury Report:

Buffalo: Kaleta Facial Fractures(IR/Out), Hackett Torn ACL(IR/Out)

Florida: No Injuries To Report

Next 5 Games:

October 18th vs Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD/FX-CA)

October 22nd @ Anaheim Ducks 10:30PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

October 23rd @ Los Angeles Kings 10:30 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

October 25th @ San Jose Sharks 4:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

October 28th @ Toronto Maple Leafs 7:30 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

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