26 Thomas Vanek ("A") - 19 Cody Hodgson - 29 Jason Pominville ("C")
82 Marcus Foligno - 63 Tyler Ennis - 21 Drew Stafford ("A")
42 Nathan Gerbe - 25 Mikhail Grigorenko - 9 Steve Ott
32 John Scott - 55 Jochen Hecht - 36 Patrick Kaleta
24 Robyn Regehr - 57 Tyler Myers
10 Christian Ehrhoff - 52 Alexander Sulzer
3 Jordan Leopold - 44 Andrej Sekera
30 Ryan Miller
1 Jhonas Enroth
Lineup News & Notes
Ville Leino (hip) and Cody McCormick (finger) are on injured reserve, while TJ Brennan, Matt Ellis and Mike Weber
were healthy scratches in yesterday's 6-3 loss to Carolina. Ryan Miller will start in goal tonight, with any pending
lineup changes yet to be announced.
Buffalo were 2-2-0 versus Carolina last season, with Ryan Miller playing three games and stopping 83 of 92 shots
against (3.02 GAA, .902 SV%). Jhonas Enroth started one game and had a 34-save shutout. Their leading scorers
in the series were Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek, each with three goals and two assists.
19 Jiri Tlusty - 12 Eric Staal ("C") - 28 Alexander Semin
53 Jeff Skinner - 11 Jordan Staal ("A") - 22 Zac Dalpe
21 Drayson Bowman - 36 Jussi Jokinen - 59 Chad LaRose
39 Patrick Dwyer - 37 Tim Brent - 8 Kevin Westgarth
6 Tim Gleason ("A") - 27 Justin Faulk
25 Joni Pitkanen - 4 Jamie McBain
44 Jay Harrison - 24 Bobby Sanguinetti
31 Dan Ellis
30 Cam Ward
Lineup News & Notes
Zach Boychuk, Joe Corvo and Jeremy Welsh were scratched in yesterday's 6-3 win over Buffalo. Cam Ward got the
start last night, so backup Dan Ellis might see the start here tonight in this back-to-back situation.
According to the Stats
Carolina were 2-1-1 in four games versus Buffalo last season, with Cam Ward starting three games and stopping 109
of 117 shots against (2.65 GAA, .932 SV%). Eric Staal, with one goal and two assists, and Jussi Jokinen, with three
assists, were their leading scorers in the series.
Gerbe adds nothing to this team. He's simply too small to play. His speed is good but it's nothing out of the ordinary as opposed to many other players. I simply don't get all the love for him around here.
No soft goals to inflate the Canes and deflate the Sabres. HPV with a couple more goals, Ennis and Stafford wake up tonight as well.
I think Stafford has been the most visible player on that line. Liked how he decided midway through 2nd period yesterday that he was going to start taking the puck to the paint. Also, he's averaging 3.66 shots/game, on pace for about 176 over 48 games. If he can do that, assuming a shooting% of 10% (career: 12%), he should start producing in a hurry once his shooting% starts progressing to the mean.
It's even worse if you listen to it the on the radio. He just calls out the name of the player who has it and that's pretty much it. Commuting home last night and I had no idea what was going on.
The best thing about RJ is his ability to paint a perfect picture of what's happening so that even radio listeners feel the game.
Sylvester isn't a very good tv play by play guy to begin with, but if you're watching on tv you can see the play for yourself and you don't really need to be following along with what he's saying.
But as a radio play by play guy, he does not cut it. If he is going to be RJ's replacement hopefully the Sabres will find themselves a radio only play by play guy so that folks listening on the radio can follow along.