PreGame Skate: Tampa Bay Lightning

Despite having a couple of days off between meetings, the Buffalo Sabres host the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second game of the home and home series with their southern foes. 

Buffalo is looking to rebound from their first loss of the season on the road, and their ugliest game of the year to date.  We are going to witness more games like the loss in Tampa this year, it was just a surprise to get handed that type of loss the way the team had been clicking on the road.  I think the loss would have been easier to swallow if it wasn’t such a one sided affair.  Credit the Tampa Bay Lightning for bringing a game plan that would stifle the Buffalo Sabres offensive output. 

On top of looking to recover from their loss on Saturday, they are still looking for their first win at the First Niagara Center.  The Buffalo Sabres have only played one game in front of a home crowd, dropping that contest to the Carolina Hurricanes

Look for the lines to look a little different tonight for the Buffalo Sabres.  Tyler Ennis has been side lined week to week with an ankly injury – forcing the winger out of the lineup will further derail his efforts at getting a point on the scoresheet.  Ville Leino will head to the wing trying to spark his presence, and Brad Boyes will head to the power play unit for the same reason. 

Despite being lit up for three goals in Tampa Bay, Ryan Miller will probably get the rebound tonight, playing in front of a home crowd and trying to regain control over the Tampa series.  This morning Lindy Ruff did mention that Jhonas Enroth would get a start this week, I would anticipate him playing Thursday against the Columbus Blue Jackets

While the Buffalo Sabres are game planning to change the atmosphere at the FN Center, and despite the fact that his team dominated the Buffalo Sabres over the weekend, Tampa coach Guy Boucher isn’t taking the Sabres for granted, and hopes his team isn’t going to fall into that trap either. 

I still believe they’re top three in the league. 

The win on Saturday was Garon’s first ever against the Buffalo Sabres, previously going 0-6-0, with a 4.05 GAA. 

Puck drop is 7:30 tonight.  No back to back games this week, as the Sabres face Columbus on Thursday and Florida on Saturday.

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