Friday, January 4, 2008

Sabres/Sens Gamenight - Game 39

The Sabres face the Sens tonight which is also the first game after they lose a heartbreaker to the Penguins in the Winter Classic. The Sabres are 0-2-2 in the last 4 gaining 2 points which has dropped them to 10th in the standings. Needless to say, they need a win tonight and Ottawa is a tough team to do it against. The top team in the East with 54 points have lost the last two handedly to the Washington Capitals, 8-6 and 6-3, and are looking to get back on their feet as well. They get some help in doing so with the return of Anton Volchenkov tonight.

The other issue in Ottawa now is the goaltenders. Martin Gerber started the season well and Emery started it slow coming back from surgery and then with poor play. But both goaltenders have seem to hit a rough patch and John Paddock is now trying to decide which goaltender to start tonight. Most likely that will be a game-time decision.

A look at some stats:

Buffalo Sabres Leaders
Goals: Derek Roy and Jochen Hecht (13)
Assists: Tim Connolly (23)
Points: Jason Pominville (31)
Plus/Minus: Daniel Paille (+8)
Penalty Minutes: Gaustad (53)
Minors: Vanek (19)
Majors: Peters (6)
Penalty Minutes/Game: Peters (1.8)

Ottawa Senators Leaders

Goals: Alfredsson (24)
Assists: Spezza (35)
Points: Heatley (53)
Plus/Minus: Heatley (+30)
Penalty Minutes: Neil (98)
Minors: Neil (34)
Majors: Mcgratton (5)
Penalty Minutes/Game: Neil (2.5)

Power Play and Penalty Kill
Buffalo Sabres: PP 18.6% (13th), PK 83.9% (9th)
Ottawa Senators: PP 18.6% (11th), PK 83.8% (8th)

Goalie Stats
Buffalo Sabres: Miller: 2.52 GAA, .910 SV%, 1 SO
Thibault: 3.55 GAA, .862 SV%, 1 SO
Ottawa Senators: Gerber: 2.60 GAA, .917 SV% , 1 SO
Emery: 2.84 GAA, .896 SV%

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