Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Game 6: Sabres/Bruins Preview

The Sabres take on the Bruins tonight at the Bank after coming off a disappointing shootout loss against the Thrashers on Saturday. The Bruins travel here after losing to the Penguins last night in a shootout 2-1. The Sabres have to have a good effort here tonight because they play a brutal stretch of 4 games in 7 days which sees them traveling to Minnesota and Colorado Thursday and Saturday before coming back home to play the Senators on Monday.

Thomas Vanek has been the star of this team so far and the league has noticed giving him the NHL First Star of the Week. Vanek has 7 goals and 2 assists in four games for the Sabres. Noticeably absent from the score sheet for the Sabres has been Derek Roy who has no goals and 2 assists for the team. On the Bruins side, Savard and Kessel lead the team with 5 goals but they have been the only scorers for the Bruins. The rest of the team has 6 goals total.

This game should be a defensive one because that is the style of play for the Bruins. Ryan Miller should start tonight and facing him will be Manny Fernandez. The game can be seen on the network Roland Martin made famous. Here are the stats.


Stat Leaders
Goals - Vanek (7)
Assists - Pominville, Numminen (4)
Points - Vanek (9)
Plus/Minus - Spacek (+4)
Penalty Minutes - Kaleta (32)
Shots - Vanek (32)

Special Teams
Power Play: 24.2% (6th in League)
Penalty Kill: 100.0% (Tied for 1st in League)

Miller: 3-0, 1.30 GAA, .945 SV%
Lalime: 1-0-1, 1.44 GAA, .951 SV%


Stat Leaders
Goals - Kessel, Savard (5)
Assists - Savard, Ryder (4)
Points - Savard (9)
Plus/Minus - Wideman, Ference (+5)
Penalty Minutes - Lucic (16)
Shots - Kessel, Savard (20)

Special Teams
Power Play: 22.2% (8th in League)
Penalty Kill: 75.0% (24th in League)

Thomas: 1-0-2, 2.54 GAA, .919 SV%
Fernandez: 1-1, 3.03 GAA, .878 SV%

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