Tonight, the Buffalo Sabres host the Nashville Predators for the first time in almost three years. The last time the Preds came to town was March 20, 2011. Although the two teams have faced each other since, it’ll be interesting to see the Preds in Buffalo for the first time in so long.
The Sabres enter tonight’s game at 16th in the Eastern Conference. The team has a 19-37-8 record and 46 points on the season. Meanwhile, the Predators are 12th in the Western Conference (out of 14 teams). They have a record of 27-28-10 and 64 points on the year.
The Predators are coming off a 4-3 win in Ottawa on Monday, while the Sabres are looking to rally after Sunday’s 2-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Who: Nashville Predators at Buffalo Sabres
When: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 – 7:00 p.m. EST
Where: First Niagara Center
No national broadcast for tonight’s game, so say goodbye to the likes of Pierre McGuire for now and hello to Brian Duff and the other members of the Sabres broadcast team. Tonight’s 7 p.m. game will be televised on MSG in the Buffalo area and Bell TV in Southern Ontario. You can also catch the game through NHL GameCenter Live if you’re out of the market area or on NHL Center Ice.
Tonight sees the return of former Sabres center Paul Gaustad to Buffalo for the first time since he was traded to Nashville. It’ll also be a Weber party on the blueline, as Mike Weber and Shea Weber are both expected to suit up tonight. Former NY Rangers D Michael Del Zotto will also make his first appearance in Buffalo with his new team tonight, and rookie Seth Jones make his Buffalo debut.
Will Jones score in his first game in Buffalo? Can Cory Conacher score his first goal in a Sabres uniform tonight? Will Matt Ellis or Drew Stafford serve up big performances in their 300th and 500th NHL games, respectively? Stay tuned to find out….