Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Sabres/Devils Preview

The Sabres looked impressive again with their win last night against the 8th place Bruins. Paille has really matured over the last couple of years, keeping up a good work ethic during the 10 game winless streak and scoring 2 last night. The Hecht-Pominville-Paille line has really gelled and is taking shape. Here is hoping it continues.

The Devils come into tonight grabbing the win from the Penguins on Monday night. They came back from 2 goals down to tie it up and win the game in overtime. Parise ended scoring the game winner. The Devils are fifth in the Conference with 63 points, two points behind the division leading Flyers one game up. The Sabres are tied for 10th with the Capitals and Panthers and are 4 points behind the 8th place Bruins with game in hand. The Bruins and Sabres meet up again Friday night. Miller should be playing tonight, but don't be surprised to see Thibault in net sometime during this week. MacArthur will be in tonight after missing last night's game with possible food poisoning.

Here are the possible lines for the Devils for tonight's game:



Here are the stats for the game:
Buffalo Sabres Stats
Goals: Roy (19)
Assists: Pominville (32)
Points: Pominville (45)
Plus/Minus: Paille (+13)
Penalty Minutes: Peters (65)
Majors: Peters (9)
Minors: Lydman (24)

New Jersey Devils Stats
Goals: Parise (20)
Assists: Parise (28)
Points: Parise (48)
Plus/Minus: Martin and Oduya (+13)
Penalty Minutes: Clarkson (121)
Majors: Clarkson (15)
Minors: Clarkson (23)

Goalie Stats
Buffalo: Miller - 2.43 GAA, .914 SV%, 2 SO; Thibault - 3.78 GAA, .855 SV%, 1 SO
New Jersey: Brodeur - 2.23 GAA, .916 SV%, 4 SO; Weekes - 2.63 GAA, .906 SV%

Special Teams
Buffalo: Power Play (17.6% - 17th); Penalty Kill (83.9% - 9th)
New Jersey: Power Play (16.7% - 20th); Penalty Kill (82.0% - 13th)

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