Monday, December 1, 2008

Sabres/Predators Game Preview

The Sabres are finishing up a rough little stretch with four games in six days with tonight's game against the Nashville Predators. The Sabres need to finish off this stretch with a win against a fairly similar Nashville Predator team. Both teams are hovering around .500 at this point in the season and both are looking to start December off strong. The Sabres have won two of their last three but lost against the Canadiens on Saturday. The Predators have won 4 of their last 5, but lost to the Wild 6-2 on Saturday.

The Sabres have a fairly light and easy schedule coming up this month. Right now the Sabres expected winnining percentage is .470 which is close to their .478 they have right now. The month of December is going to be the easiest month for the Sabres. This means to make up any ground, they need to start putting together a streak.

Here are the stats for the game:


Stat Leaders
Goals - Vanek (18)
Assists - Roy, Spacek (11)
Points - Vanek (23)
Plus/Minus - Lydman (+3)
Penalty Minutes - Peters (64)
Shots - Vanek (94)

Special Teams
Power Play - 19.1% (13th in League)
Penalty Kill - 86.9% (3rd in League)

Miller: 10-5-2, 2.56 GAA, .910 SV%
Lalime: 1-4-1, 3.27 GAA, .885 SV%


Stat Leaders
Goals - Arnott (12)
Assists - Dumont (18)
Points - Weber, Dumont (22)
Plus/Minus - Weber (+11)
Penalty Minutes - Tootoo (52)
Shots - Weber (82)

Special Teams
Power Play - 14.0% (25th in League)
Penalty Kill - 79.8% (24th in League)

Ellis: 8-10-2, 3.06 GAA, .893 SV%
Renna: 3-0-0, 3.53 GAA, .866 SV%

One other thing to remember this series by:

Last minute note, Kaleta and Afinogenov are going to be out while Peters and Kotalik will take their places.

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