Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Game 17: Sabres/Bruins Preview

Since the blog has been dark for the last few days now seems like the best time to bring out the preview column. The Sabres have struggled as of late losing two heartbreaking games this weekend, 6-1 to the Blue Jackets and 5-2 to the Penguins. The Sabres can try and get back on track tonight on the road against a Bruins team that has been red hot as of late. The Bruins have gone 6-0-1 in their last seven games, their last loss coming against the Rangers on Saturday in overtime.

The Sabres are starting to see the injury list start to mount again. Kotalik is going to be out for a few weeks with a hamstring injury he suffered against the Blue Jackets. Connolly is going to be week to week with an upper body musculoskeletal injury. Thanks for being specific on that one. The Bruins are starting to get their fair share of injuries themselves with Andrew Ference hitting the injury list with a broken leg. He will be out until at least January.

The Bruins are 1-0-1 against the Sabres this season. Expect more of the same against a very bipolar Sabres. Here are the stats:


Stat Leaders
Goals - Kessel (8)
Assists - Savard (15)
Points - Savard (21)
Plus/Minus - Savard (+11)
Penalty Minutes - Thornton (45)
Shots - Kessel (59)

Special Teams
Powerplay - 20.3% (7th in League)
Penalty Kill - 81.8% (15th in League)

Thomas: 7-2-3, 1.78 GAA, .944 SV%
Fernandez: 4-1-1, 2.31 GAA, .919 SV%


Stat Leaders
Goals - Vanek (13)
Assists - Sekera (9)
Points - Vanek (16)
Plus/Minus - Lydman (+5)
Penalty Minutes - Peters (43)
Shots - Vanek (73)

Special Teams
Power Play - 20.0% (Tied 9th in League)
Penalty Kill - 87.3% (3rd in League)

Miller: 8-3-2, 2.22 GAA, .922 SV%
Lalime: 1-2-1, 3.65 GAA, .875 SV%

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