The Sabres start the road portion of the 2009-2010 season against the Nashville Predators in an 8 PM EST start. The Sabres and Predators only met once last year, and the Sabres hope to avoid another similar game, one in which they were shut-out 2-0.
Nashville will be without their top player, as JP Dumont is questionable following his head on collision with the boards the other night. No one is saying concussion yet, the Preds are just being careful with their best guy.
There are some firsts happening tonight, and there could be more, this will be Ryan Millers first appearance in Nashville. The other could come if the Sabres win, Nashville being out to a 2-0 start. The other first could be if the game ended in regulation, as neither team has lost a game through three periods.
After two pretty boring games despite an average 37 shots on net, fans tuning in tonight will see a little bit of a different team, as Forward Drew Stafford has been promoted to the top line with Vanek and Roy. That leaves Connolly between Pominville and MacArthur on the second line, Grier, Kennedy and Hecht as the third trio, and the fourth line anchors of Kaleta, Ellis and Gausted.
There should be no changes to the defense, as the Sabres back men have been doing a fairly good job this year, only allowing three goals in two games.
Ryan Miller will continue his dominance of the Sabres crease, with the sparse schedule on the first half of the season, you can expect Miller to get the lions share of the starts.
Lindy Ruff is hoping for somewhat of a different experience in this game against Nashville than last years contest.
I’ve already gone back to the game we played them last year, the notes on that was ‘the most boring game I’ve ever been involved with.
Granted last years contest saw both teams playing on the end of a tight stretch of games, not like the fresh teams we will see tonight.
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