Thursday, January 24, 2008

Sabres/Stars Preview

Oh boy. Thats all I have to say about this game. This is not even going to be close. The Stars are playing well, ranked 2nd in the Western Conference and are coming into this game looking to finish strong going into the all-star break. For that matter, so are the Sabres. The Sabres are looking for a win to hang their hat on going into the all-star break and possibly salvage the rest of their season afterwards. They next play the Panthers on Tuesday. Tim Connolly and Maxim Afinogenov are still hurt and won't play in the game tonight and Andrew Peters will be dressed for tonight's game. This means that either Nathan Paetsch or Nolan Pratt will be the odd man out on the blue line tonight. Most likely it will be Pratt, but in my personal opinion I would rather see Paetsch sit. The Stars are looking healthier again with Jussi Jokinen expected to play in tonights game. This game isn't going to be much to stay up for and honestly neither is this season. Here are the stats for the game.

Buffalo Sabres Leaders
Goals: Roy and Hecht (16)
Assists: Campbell (29)
Points: Pominville (38)
Plus/Minus: Paille (+11)
Penalty Minutes: Gaustad (58)
Majors: Peters (7)
Minors: Lydman (22)

Dallas Stars Leaders
Goals: Ribero (22)
Assists: Ribero (32)
Points: Ribero (54)
Plus/Minus: Ribero (+15)
Penalty Minutes: Ott (92)
Majors: Barch (9)
Minors: Ott and Morrow (21)

Goalie Stats
Buffalo: Miller - 2.53 GAA, .910 SV%, 1 SO; Thibault - 3.71 GAA, .859 SV%, 1 SO
Dallas: Turco - 2.41 GAA, .906 SV%, 1 SO; Smith - 2.60 GAA, .900 SV%, 1 SO

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