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Buffalo Sabres PreGame Skate #28: New Jersey Devils

The Buffalo Sabres (6-20-1) skate into Newark to take on the New Jersey Devils (10-11-5) looking for their first winning streak under interim

head coach Ted Nolan.

This will be the first of three meetings between the Sabres and Devils.  The last three games against the New Jersey Devils have gone into a shootout, with the Sabres being victorious in two of those three games.

While the Buffalo Sabres still are very much the worst team in the National Hockey League – the tides are changing under interim head coach Ted Nolan and new President of Hockey Operations Pat Lafontaine.

Drew Stafford and Ville Leino have had a resurgence in their ability, Tyler Myers form is returning – and the team is playing with heart and emotion that we have not seen in Buffalo in years.

There is no advantage in tonight’s game.  Both the New Jersey Devils and Sabres played last night.  Both walked away victorious in their Friday night battles.  While the Sabres are looking for just their second win in a row, so are the New Jersey Devils after they beat the Carolina Hurricanes last night. The Sabres snapped a five game streak, the Devils losing ways had earned them three in a row.  Both teams played a high energy up tempo game last night.

For the Buffalo Sabres – it was new addition Matt D’Agostini who provided a little bit of jump.  While Cody McCormick could be ready for action – the Buffalo Sabres may not want to break up the chemistry that worked so well for them last night.

Devils forward Stephen Gionta (ankle) is on injured reserve, defenseman Adam Larsson (lower body) is questionable, and forward Ryane Clowe (head) and defenseman Bryce Salvador (foot) are doubtful for today’s game.

This is the 140th meeting between the two teams; in the last ten meetings Buffalo is 6-3-1.

Game time is scheduled for 7PM tonight.


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