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12-26-2005, 10:43 AM
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GDT: NYI at Buffalo 12/26

at
(17-15-2)-------(24-11-1)
HSBC Arena
7:00 EST
TV: MSG, FNY2

STANDINGS: Islanders - 36 points, 3rd place, 11 PB, Atlantic Division. Sabres - 49 points, 2nd place, 2 PB, Northeast Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Islanders - Jason Blake and Miroslav Satan, 15 goals; Alexei Yashin and Alexei Zhitnik, 20 assists; Yashin, 33 points; Arron Asham, 68 PIM. Sabres - Ales Kotalik, 16 goals; Teppo Numminen, 21 assists; Kotalik and Tim Connolly, 26 points; Maxim Afinogenov, 40 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Dec. 25): Islanders - Power play: 18.6 percent (41 for 220), 11th (tied) in NHL. Penalty killing: 81.3 percent (187 for 230), 22nd (tied). Sabres - Power play: 21.4 percent (45 for 210), 3rd. Penalty killing: 84.3 percent (161 for 191), 6th.

GOALTENDERS: Islanders - DiPietro (13-11-2, 0 SO, 3.33 GAA); Garth Snow (4-4-0, 3.56). Sabres - Biron (15-5-1, 3.09); Miller (8-4-0, 2.46).

SEASON SERIES: Sabres, 3-0.

LAST MEETING: Nov. 23; Sabres, 4-3 (SO). At Uniondale, N.Y., Kotalik tied the game with 2:49 in regulation before he and former Islander Connolly scored in the shootout.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Islanders - 9-8-1 on the Islanders; Sabres - 11-5-1 at home.

- Buffalo had a seven-game winning streak snapped in a loss to Florida on Thursday, but bounced back the next night with a 4-1 win in Tampa. Thomas Vanek scored the first of four straight Buffalo goals and Ryan Miller made 30 saves to anchor the effort. Henrik Tallinder scored a goal and an assist for the Sabres. Chris Drury and Ales Kotalik also lit it up for the Sabres, who concluded a three-game road trip.

- The Sabres are second in the Northeast Division with 49 points -- two behind first-place Ottawa.

- Buffalo, which is 11-5-1 on home ice, plays seven of its next eight at HSBC Arena starting tonight. The Sabres will visit Toronto on Thursday.

- New York has lost two of its last three games. On Friday the Isles dropped a 4-2 tilt to visiting Ottawa. Mark Parrish had a goal and an assist and Rick DiPietro stopped 22 shots for the Islanders. Jason Blake added his 15th tally of the season for New York. The Senators scored three goals in the first period within a 2:42 span to take command of the contest early.

- Buffalo is 3-0 against New York this season after losing seven consecutive meetings in the series.


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I'd like to see Kotalik chip in a PP goal. He's idling a bit. I'd also like to see the Connolly line generate more offense.

Buffalo 4-1.

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Sabres win , and I have a feeling it's gonna be....

Yeah, 4-3.

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Who's in net tonight for the Sabres?

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12-26-2005, 11:49 AM
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Hopefully Miler!

First Eshe, then Grahame, now DiPietro.
Ryan has a chance to do what not other goalis is gonna do this season; beat all 3 US Olympic goalies in back-to-back-to-back games.

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12-26-2005, 11:59 AM
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Hopefully Miler!

First Eshe, then Grahame, now DiPietro.
Ryan has a chance to do what not other goalis is gonna do this season; beat all 3 US Olympic goalies in back-to-back-to-back games.
Esche wasn't in net for Philly.

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12-26-2005, 12:03 PM
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Esche wasn't in net for Philly.
Oh yeah! Thanks for pointing out my stupidity.
Nevertheless, Miller has a chance to show Waddell and the US committee that he NEEDS to be on that taxi squad.

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5-1 Sabres. Vanek gets 2 points or more.

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From hockeyinformer.com:

Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres - Miller is the probable starter for Monday's game against the Islanders. It's a shame that Miller has been left off the U.S. Olympic team as he may be the most talented American goalie in the NHL. He's already trouncing his fellow contrymen where it counts - having already beaten John Grahame twice and Rick DiPietro once. If Miller has a few strong starts this week, he'll probably jump ahead of Martin Biron in the battle for starts in Buffalo.

They're not always correct though.

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Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres - Miller is the probable starter for Monday's game against the Islanders. It's a shame that Miller has been left off the U.S. Olympic team as he may be the most talented American goalie in the NHL. He's already trouncing his fellow contrymen where it counts - having already beaten John Grahame twice and Rick DiPietro once. If Miller has a few strong starts this week, he'll probably jump ahead of Martin Biron in the battle for starts in Buffalo.

They're not always correct though.
Wow, one loss later it's Miller time again..

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Wow, one loss later it's Miller time again..
Nah. Remember, Miller lost his job to Marty when he got injured. He returned and jumped right back where he left off.

You can have two good goalies, and one of them can be better than the other...

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Nah. Remember, Miller lost his job to Marty when he got injured. He returned and jumped right back where he left off.

You can have two good goalies, and one of them can be better than the other...
Yeah I know, it's just that Buffalo was riding Biron pretty hard when he was on his streak (possibly because Miller was hurt and the alternative at the time was Noronen), Miller comes back (and was specatacular IMO in his two games) and they're splitting time again. I'm not in any way saying I'm against it, I think it's good that they split time, both have been great this year, keeps both fresh and one does struggle you can always turn to the other. I just thought it was interesting is all....

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Nah. Remember, Miller lost his job to Marty when he got injured. He returned and jumped right back where he left off.
What job did he lose? The thing to remember is Ruff/Regier never named Miller as the No #1 goalie. Even up to the time of his injury they were saying it still hadn't been decided. Miller wasn't playing well where he left off. That's what led to Marty getting the call. He wasn't very good, but eventually regained his form due to Miller's injury. So you could say Miller picked up where he started. I'd give Miller the start based on his terrific play in his last game, and keep playing him as long as he played well. What Regier/Ruff have in mind is unpredictable.

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Sabres 4-0, Miller with the shutout, Sabres with the season series sweep.

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What job did he lose? The thing to remember is Ruff/Regier never named Miller as the No #1 goalie. Even up to the time of his injury they were saying it still hadn't been decided.
There was no public comment made, but when Miller starts the year with 10 straight starts you can only assume that he was the #1 guy at that point.

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What job did he lose? The thing to remember is Ruff/Regier never named Miller as the No #1 goalie. Even up to the time of his injury they were saying it still hadn't been decided. Miller wasn't playing well where he left off. That's what led to Marty getting the call. He wasn't very good, but eventually regained his form due to Miller's injury. So you could say Miller picked up where he started. I'd give Miller the start based on his terrific play in his last game, and keep playing him as long as he played well. What Regier/Ruff have in mind is unpredictable.
Sure, he wasn't named number 1, but it was certainly going in that direction. Biron was having a tough time getting playing time, partially due to Miller playing well, and partially due to his own ineptitude. So, yeah, this isn't the guy we saw last, but it's the guy that was earning most the starts.

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Am i missing something? I don't see the Sabres/Isles matchup on my Directv Center Ice lineup tonight. I'm hoping it will magically appear on one of the unused NHL channels but as of 5pm i don't see it listed. Tell me that it's on right? I live in Maryland and can't see it unless it's on Center Ice.

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Am i missing something? I don't see the Sabres/Isles matchup on my Directv Center Ice lineup tonight. I'm hoping it will magically appear on one of the unused NHL channels but as of 5pm i don't see it listed. Tell me that it's on right? I live in Maryland and can't see it unless it's on Center Ice.
I have it in Boston, ma.

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Here we go ladies and gents!

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It'll be another 6-4, it has been written

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2 posts already. Snow is getting the breaks.

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That was a pretty nice goal!!

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