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Gameday: Sabres at Devils 2/25

View Poll Results: Outcome of Tonight's Game?
Sabres Regulation Win 7 38.89%
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Sabres OT Win 2 11.11%
Devils OT Win 1 5.56%
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02-25-2004, 01:14 PM
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Gameday: Sabres at Devils 2/25

VENUE: Continental Airlines Arena

GAME: Buffalo Sabres (28-27-6-1) at New Jersey Devils (32-17-11-1).

TIME: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. EST.

MEDIA: EMPIRE, FOX Sports NY, 107.7 WNSA

Scott Gomez, Patrik Elias and Brian Gionta seem to have found their rhythm.

New Jersey's new top line looks to continue its strong play when the Devils go for their third straight win in a matchup with the Buffalo Sabres at Continental Airlines Arena. Gomez, Elias and Gionta come off a productive weekend in which they had eight goals, seven assists and a plus-20 rating in consecutive victories - 7-3 over the New York Rangers on Saturday and 3-1 over Calgary on Sunday.

The last time New Jersey had a dominating line, Elias was playing alongside Petr Sykora and Jason Arnott - the line that led the Devils to a Stanley Cup in 2000 and the Cup finals the following year.

Gomez scored twice - his first multigoal game of the season - and finished with a career high-tying five points against the Rangers before assisting on both of Elias' goals against the Flames. Elias has five goals in the last three games, and Gionta has three multipoint games in his last six outings.

Martin Brodeur made 18 saves against Calgary to push his unbeaten streak to five starts (4-0-1) after losing his previous three outings.

The Sabres had a six-game unbeaten streak snapped Saturday with a 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Saturday. Dmitri Kalinin scored the only goal for Buffalo, which was held to seven shots in the third period in losing for just the second time in 12 games.

"We've had a lot of pretty emotional games and a tough schedule," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "We're not using that as an excuse, though. We didn't generate much the whole game."

The Sabres, fighting for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, close a two-game road trip against the Devils before hosting the Islanders on Friday.


STANDINGS (through Feb. 23): Sabres - 63 points, 5th place, 18 PB, Northeast Division. Devils - 76 points, 2nd place, 4 PB, Atlantic Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Sabres - Miroslav Satan, 24 goals; Daniel Briere, 28 assists and 49 points; Andrew Peters, 107 PIM. Devils - Elias, 25 goals and 52 points; Gomez, 34 assists; Colin White, 73 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Feb. 23): Sabres - Power play: 15.2 percent (41 for 269), 20th in NHL. Penalty killing: 85.1 percent (228 for 268), 10th. Devils - Power play: 15.9 percent (36 for 227), 16th (tied). Penalty killing: 85.4 percent (175 for 205), 5th (tied).

GOALTENDERS: Sabres - Biron (17-12-4, 0 SO, 2.60 GAA); Noronen (11-13-2, 2, 2.13). Devils - Brodeur (29-17-10, 10, 2.01); Corey Schwab (2-0-1, 1, 0.64).

INJURY REPORT: Sabres - C Daniel Briere (shoulder), C Tim Connolly (concussion), D Jay McKee (knee), D James Patrick (neck/shoulder). Devils - LW Christian Berglund (knee), G Corey Schwab (groin), D Scott Stevens (post-concussion syndrome).

WHO'S HOT: Sabres - G Mika Noronen has stopped 33 of the last 34 shots he's faced over two games. Devils - LW Patrik Elias has six points (four goals, two assists) in his last two games.

FAST FACTS: Sabres - LW Jochen Hecht is on pace to tie career high of 44 points set in 2000-01 with St. Louis. Devils - The line of Elias, Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta has combined for 12 goals and 16 assists in six games.

SEASON SERIES: Devils, 2-0-1.

LAST MEETING: Dec. 19; Devils, 5-2. At Buffalo, N.Y., Brodeur made 31 saves and Gionta had two goals and an assist to send the Sabres to their seventh straight loss, tying a franchise record.

RECORDS LAST 5 GAMES: Sabres: 3-1-1. Devils: 3-1-1.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Sabres - 11-17-2-0 on the road; Devils - 17-10-4-1 at home.

BUFFALO ROSTER:

Skaters

Player G A PTS +/- PIM
Briere 21 28 49 4 54
Satan 24 18 42 -8 26
Dumont 15 25 40 -1 24
Drury 13 24 37 4 45
Hecht 7 23 30 10 35
Zhitnik 4 23 27 -7 89
Kotalik 15 11 26 -1 41
Kalinin 6 18 24 1 29
Afinogenov 13 8 21 3 38
Brown 9 12 21 3 30
Pyatt 8 9 17 1 13
Mair 2 13 15 -3 87
Fitzpatrick 4 6 10 -6 42
Taylor 5 5 10 -2 18
Roy 2 7 9 -1 2
Campbell 1 7 8 0 10
Patrick 3 5 8 5 10
Delmore 2 5 7 3 27
Tallinder 1 5 6 7 16
Botterill 2 1 3 0 14
Bartovic 1 1 2 0 4
Boulton 1 1 2 -1 74
Biron 0 1 1 0 8
McKee 0 1 1 -1 29
Noronen 1 0 1 0 0
Peters 1 0 1 -4 107
Janik 0 0 0 0 19
Miller 0 0 0 0 0
Pittis 0 0 0 -1 4
Pominville 0 0 0 0 0

Goalies

Player W-L-T GAA SV%
Biron 17-12-4 2.60 .911
Noronen 11-13-2 2.13 .920
Miller 0-3-0 5.06 .795

NEW JERSEY ROSTER:

Skaters

Player G A PTS +/- PIM
Elias 25 27 52 19 20
Gomez 8 34 42 6 54
Niedermayer 9 28 37 12 30
Rafalski 4 24 28 1 18
Friesen 13 14 27 6 18
Brylin 11 14 25 10 12
Madden 7 17 24 4 20
Gionta 15 6 21 13 26
Pandolfo 9 10 19 1 10
Langenbrunner 8 9 17 5 24
Stevenson 9 8 17 -1 60
Marshall 7 7 14 -8 41
Martin 4 10 14 4 4
Stevens 3 9 12 3 22
Rupp 6 5 11 1 39
Larionov 0 10 10 2 16
White 2 8 10 11 73
Rasmussen 4 5 9 1 32
Berglund 2 3 5 -4 4
Hale 0 4 4 2 48
Albelin 0 3 3 3 4
Brown 0 2 2 2 20
Schwab 0 1 1 0 2
Skrlac 1 0 1 1 22
Bicek 0 0 0 -1 0
Brodeur 0 0 0 0 4
Clemmensen 0 0 0 0 0
Darby 0 0 0 -1 0
Pihlman 0 0 0 0 2
Suglobov 0 0 0 0 0

Goalies

Player W-L-T GAA SV%
Brodeur 29-17-10 2.01 .917
Schwab 2-0-1 0.64 .971
Clemmensen 1-1-0 1.53 .941

CONFERENCE STANDINGS:

Team GP Pts
1. Philadelphia 64 82
2. Ottawa 63 81
3. Tampa Bay 61 76
4. Toronto 63 80
5. Boston 64 79
6. New Jersey 61 76
7. Montreal 64 70
8. N.Y. Islanders 62 69

9. Buffalo 62 63
10. Florida 63 60
11. Atlanta 63 56
12. N.Y. Rangers 62 55
13. Carolina 61 53
14. Washington 62 48
15. Pittsburgh 62 31

http://www.sportsline.com/nhl/gamece...0040225_BUF@NJ
http://buffalonews.com/editorial/20040225/1050384.asp


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Nevermind the Isles and Habs. We just have to win hockey games. Cliche but true.

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It'll be tough to steal 2 points from NJ, whom are pretty hungry themselves.

I wonder to gets the start in net tonight.

I've been thinking that this may be a good time to call up Miller and see if he's ready to take charge and perhaps get red-hot from now until the end of the year.
The team is playing a lot better than they were during his previous starts. It may send the wrong message to Marty and Mika, but if there is any interest around the league for Noronen or Biron, now is the time to find out if Miller is ready to come and fill a potential vacancy if one of them are traded. I think Miller should be given one more chance this year...especially if we lose tonight. A little spark from Miller could do this team good.

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It'll be tough to steal 2 points from NJ, whom are pretty hungry themselves.

I wonder to gets the start in net tonight.

I've been thinking that this may be a good time to call up Miller and see if he's ready to take charge and perhaps get red-hot from now until the end of the year.
The team is playing a lot better than they were during his previous starts. It may send the wrong message to Marty and Mika, but if there is any interest around the league for Noronen or Biron, now is the time to find out if Miller is ready to come and fill a potential vacancy if one of them are traded. I think Miller should be given one more chance this year...especially if we lose tonight. A little spark from Miller could do this team good.
I think moving up the third stringer wouldn't send the best of messages to the goaltenders nor to the skaters. This would be the absolute wrong move to put that sort of pressure on him and on the team. A skater, one that can be limited in his icetime and used in the best situations possible is one thing. Messing with the goaltending rotation is something else entirely.

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It'll be tough to steal 2 points from NJ, whom are pretty hungry themselves.

I wonder to gets the start in net tonight.

I've been thinking that this may be a good time to call up Miller and see if he's ready to take charge and perhaps get red-hot from now until the end of the year.
The team is playing a lot better than they were during his previous starts. It may send the wrong message to Marty and Mika, but if there is any interest around the league for Noronen or Biron, now is the time to find out if Miller is ready to come and fill a potential vacancy if one of them are traded. I think Miller should be given one more chance this year...especially if we lose tonight. A little spark from Miller could do this team good.
I don't think you will or should see Miller up again this season unless we are certainly out of the playoff race or one of the other two keepers are traded. With the way he has played this season, we don't have any games to waist to see if he can turn it around.

Noronen has played pretty well as of late and Biron can definitly heat up again if given the chance. I think there would be more of chance to hurt him rather than help his cause. If he plays poorly it will not only hurt his ego but also his trade value if they felt the need to move him for a playoff run.

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Miller? Now? Mika and Marty have shown over the last little while that they can trade off being hot.Why would you reward their good play of late by bypassing them for an important start? This is not the time of year to be experimenting uless your out of the race or high and dry which we are not.Mika deserves the start tonight in this crucial eastern conference match up.In all honesty he should have gotten the start Saturday against the Isles but thats another story.
Tonight will be tough.No easy points against the Devils.Is Schwab playing?Please,Please,Please.

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A quick peak in the crystall ball tells me a very low scoring game!!

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Tonight will be tough.No easy points against the Devils.Is Schwab playing?Please,Please,Please.
A better question to ask would be, "Is Ahonen or Clemmenson playing?"

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Is Schwab playing?Please,Please,Please.
I think he's still rehabbing an inury at this point.

 
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Even if it is 1-1,this game has a slow pace.Looks like Kotalik is hurt.

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I think the pace has picked up. Can't really fault Noronen too much on those goals. Satan has looked as lazy as ever in the first. way to take out pandolfo on that shorty miro. lok we know you're a wuss,but the least you could've done was given him a hug. the kid line is the only one that looks like it came to play. Ilove seeing Pyatt in front of the net on the PP. I really hope many of you don't get your wish and Pyatt continues to grow as a player here in Buffalo.

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Never really had a chance.

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Congrats to Brodeur for his 9th straight 30 win season.Too bad he couldn't get it against a better opponent.I am just shocked at how bad we have been playing.Briere,Kalinin and Hecht,the 3 players I am most high on have been absolutely horrible.Roy and Afino may have a goal and assist each but they have been on the ice for 4 NJ goals I think.Of course Darcy won't make a move either.

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i dont know why darcy doesnt realize the importance of making a trade before the trade deadline, for godsake there is less than a month left of hockey once the deadline comes. he needs to go, and why the heck is ruff not dressing andrew peters instead of boulton? maybe we shouldnt make a trade, if we get a good tough guy or big tough defenseman chances are we wont even play them

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this is embarassing, the devils scored 7 goals and they are a defensive team, they are physically dominating us off the puck, and they are beating us in all the fights, we look so weak out there.

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A quick peak in the crystall ball tells me a very low scoring game!!
I think your crystall ball needs to be re-tuned...

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this game reminds me of that beer commercial...

"well, hey, look at the bright side."

"YEAHHHH! The bright side!"

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this game reminds me of that beer commercial...

"well, hey, look at the bright side."

"YEAHHHH! The bright side!"
The bright side: at least your players are being paid this year.

I didn't see the game but I see from the sheets that it gone pretty rough at the end. How did pyatt play?

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The bright side: at least your players are being paid this year.

I didn't see the game but I see from the sheets that it gone pretty rough at the end. How did pyatt play?
How quaint. A reference to non-payment. Perhaps we can whip out ancient history and wonder why hockey didn't succeed in Kansas City while we're at it....

The Pyatt-Roy-Afinogenov line created both goals for the Sabres and cost them the Rafalski goal late in the second. They played like the only three who seemed to give much of a care for most of the night.

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How quaint. A reference to non-payment. Perhaps we can whip out ancient history and wonder why hockey didn't succeed in Kansas City while we're at it....

The Pyatt-Roy-Afinogenov line created both goals for the Sabres and cost them the Rafalski goal late in the second. They played like the only three who seemed to give much of a care for most of the night.
Heh, sorry for the cheapshot Chainshot. I was just joking and meant no harm nor offence.

I'm glad about Pyatt's line too. I'm a Habs fan but, believe it or not, you guys have a few players I like a lot (briere, pyatt; but not drury) and a coach I admire (I regret that you traded Peca though; not ruff's decision of course). So I watch your team, and please don't think we're all enemies. I don't make a practice of trolling to poke fun.

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A quick peak in the crystall ball tells me a very low scoring game!!
Yea, on the part of the SABRES...

how about that EGG LINE huh?

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how about that EGG LINE huh?
You mean about the annoying acronym? It's annoying.


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