Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Game 31: Sabres/Devils Preview

The Sabres are coming off a hard fought win against the Devils in New Jersey on Saturday in which they played for a full 6o minutes and was able to put home the win 4-2.

The Devils are coming off a bad shootout loss to Jason Blake and the Maple Leafs last night in Toronto. Scott Clemmensen was in net for the Devils facing 27 shots and stopping 25. Clemmensen should be in net for the Devils again tonight. This really makes sense for the Devils because of the fact that the Sabres have beaten Weekes already twice this season. Weekes career line against Buffalo is 1-8 with a 4.07 GAA and .872 SV%.

For the Sabres, Patrick Kaleta will return tonight from his neck injury. He is going to replace Nathan Gerbe who suffered an UPI against the Devils on Saturday. Along with Gerbe, Rivet will be out of this game with his shoulder injury. He will be evaluated on a two-week basis to make sure it heals properly and that he will be ready for game action. Rivet is a gamer, he played with the shoulder injury for the past three games before shutting it down. Considering how weak the blue line has been the past few games, Sekera in most part, a healthy Rivet will be needed.

Game time is 7pm at the Bank.

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