@ 7:00 PM
Buffalo: December 4th @ Lightning Loss 5-0
Florida: December 4th vs Blue Jackets Loss(SO) 4-3
Rank In Conference:
Buffalo: 14th(8th in Atlantic)
Florida: 8th(6th in Atlantic)
Power Play Rankings:
Penalty Kill Rankings:
Tampa Bay: 49.9%(T-17th)
Buffalo: Girgensons(8), Ennis(7), Stafford and Moulson(4), Mitchell, Flynn, Stewart(3)
Florida: Bjugstad(10), Hayes(6), Ekblad, Boyes, and Bergenheim(4), Upshall and Pirri(3)
Buffalo: Ennis(9), Stafford(8), Moulson(7), Girgensons and Gionta(6)
Florida: Jokinen(11), Ekblad(10), Huberdeau and Trocheck(9), Boyes(8)
Buffalo: Ennis(16), Girgensons(14), Stafford(12), Moulson(11)
Florida: Bjugstad(15), Ekblad(14), Jokinen(13), Hayes and Boyes(12)
Buffalo: Zadorov(+5), Girgensons(+3), Flynn(+2), Reinhart, Larsson, and Schaller(-1)
Florida: Trocheck(+8), Hayes(+6), Fleischmann and Pirri(+4), Ekblad(+3)
Buffalo: Weber(39), Myers(35), McCormick(32), Stafford(31)
Florida: Thornton(25), Upshall(20), Jokinen(18), Gudbranson(17)
Buffalo: Ennis(59), Stewart(55), Moulson(52), Girgensons(48)
Florida: Bjugstad(65), Boyes(54), Ekblad(47), Huberdeau(45)
Buffalo: Girgensons(173), Hodgson(110), Mitchell(88), McCormick(85)
Florida: MacKenzie(189), Bjugstad(175), Barkov(132), Trocheck(76)
Buffalo: Deslauriers(85), Foligno(68), Weber(66), Girgensons(58)
Florida: MacKenzie(73), Gudbranson(49), Bjugstad(45), Mitchell(44)
Buffalo: Gorges(67), Myers(53), Weber(49), Ristolainen(42)
Florida: Mitchell(55), Campbell and Ekblad(28), Kulikov and Olsen(24), MacKenzie(21)
Tonight’s Projected Lines:
Buffalo Forward Lines:
Sabres Defense Pairings:
Panthers Forward Lines:
Panthers Defense Pairings:
Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:
Buffalo:Michal Neuvirth 10 GP 3-5-1 2.85 GAA .920 SV% 0 SO
Florida: Roberto Luongo 19 GP 8-5-6 2.39 GAA .924 SV% 1 SO
Last Meeting: October 17th Pantehrs Won 1-0
Season Series: Panthers Lead 1-0-0-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 44-29-4-0-3
All-Time @ FLA: Sabres Lead 20-16-1-0-2
December 13th vs Panthers 7:00 PM
January 2nd vs Panthers 7:00 PM
February 28th @ Panthers 3:00 PM
Last Game’s Recap:
Sabres and Lightning Combined for 110 PIM’S in Lightning’s 5-0 Rout
Though they were on the wrong end of the score sheet, the Buffalo Sabres didn’t back down from a fight Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
A series of scrums and fights highlighted the third period of Tampa’s 5-0 win at Amalie Arena. The two teams combined for 110 penalty minutes in the game.
The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Buffalo. They’re now 6-2-0 in their past eight games.
“We just got off our game a little bit,” Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons said. “We got a little bit unlucky on some of those goals. It’s just about us not doing the things we’ve done.”
Sabres coach Nolan said he would have liked to see the team stick to playing a simpler, north-south game similar to the one that allowed them to pick up some victories. The Sabres had beaten the Lightning in a shootout on Tuesday at First Niagara Center.
“We just lost track of what we need to do in order to be successful,” he said. “We stopped hitting, we stopped skating. We were doing a lot of pirouettes in center ice. It got away from us in that second period.”
Coming out of the first period, the Sabres were down 1-0 and were being outshot 8-5. Buffalo felt good about where they were in the game but they unraveled in the second, surrendering three goals and generating very little offensive zone time. They managed only three shots on goal in the middle frame.
“We put it into their hands and they’ve got a good team,” Sabres forward Marcus Foligno said. “When you turn over pucks at crucial spots – it was definitely tough to see them respond in the second and to be down to a team that we thought we were really close with:”
Bolland could return for Panthers against Sabres
Season series: Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo made 26 saves in a 1-0 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Oct. 17. Buffalo goaltender Jonas Enroth made 34 saves, but allowed the game’s only goal in the second period to Sean Bergenheim. The Panthers have won four in a row against the Sabres and six of the past eight.
Sabres team scope: Buffalo was defeated by the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-0 on Thursday for its second loss in eight games. The Sabres haven’t lost two games in a row since Nov. 11-13. Buffalo had 13 shots on goal in the loss, its third-lowest total of the season. It had 12 shots in a 5-1 loss against the Anaheim Ducks on Oct. 13, and a season-low 10 shots on goal in a 4-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 28. The Sabres will turn to goalie Michal Neuvirth, who hasn’t started since sustaining a lower-body injury on Nov. 19. ”Jonas has been playing really good so I had to work more in practices and wait for my opportunity,” Neuvirth said after practice Friday. Forward Drew Stafford, who missed the past three games with a lower-body injury will be in the lineup, according to coach Ted Nolan. Defenseman Andrej Meszaros (concussion-like symptoms) did not play Thursday.
Panthers team scope: Florida lost 4-3 in a shootout to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday despite taking a season-high 55 shots on goal. ”I’m not disappointed because of the way we played in the second and third period,” coach Gerard Gallant said Friday. ”I thought it was our best offensive output and our team played really good as a group. Sometimes you gain those points, sometimes you lose those points.” Forward Vincent Trocheck has five points in his past four games. Forward Dave Bolland has been out since Oct. 17 with a lower-body injury and may return Saturday. Forwards Scottie Upshall (ankle) and Aleksander Barkov (hand) may also be in the lineup. Defenseman Jesse Blacker, who was acquired from the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday, is expected to make his Panthers debut.
Buffalo: Hackett Torn ACL(IR/Out)
Florida: Bolland Lower Body Injury(IR/Questionable), Upshall Ankle(IR/Out), Barkov Upper Body(Questionable)
Next 5 Games:
December 9th vs Los Angeles Kings 7:30 PM(NBCSN HD)
December 11th vs Calgary Flames 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)
December 13th vs Florida Panthers 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)
December 15th vs Ottawa Senators 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)
December 16th @ Winnipeg Jets 8:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)