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First Time Back Since "The Hit"



blog-0733545001331241853.jpgThe Sabres return to TD Garden tonight for the first time since Milan Lucic steam rolled Ryan Miller. Since that game the Sabres are 2-0-1 against Boston in 3 meetings in Buffalo. They have stood up to Boston in all three meetings and have out played them during most of those games. Another story line tonight for Buffalo is that 8th place is on the line with a little help on the out of town scoreboard.

First off the goaltending matchup will feature Tim Thomas against most likely Jhonas Enroth. However Enroth starting has not been confirmed. Sabres fans were hoping for Marty Turco to get his first start for Boston no such luck.

Boston is looking for back to back wins for the first time since Jan. 10-12. The Sabres rolled out a similar streak this season.

Last night the Sabres burried the Hurricanes by getting a 3-2 OT win. After a poor first period, Buffalo owned the final 40 minutes. Cam Ward stood on his head to give the Carolina a point, but he couldn't pull it out in the end. Pominville blew a shot by him on the PP in OT for the winner. The Sabres first line showed up big last night with Vanek and Pominville both registering a goal and an assist. Buffalo needs them two to get going again to get into the top 8.

Starting to become a tad nervous that Alexander Sulzer is making more of an impact than Cody Hodgson. CoHo has looked a little lost the last two games trying to do a bit to much. He needs to get back to playing a simple game like he did when he first joined the club. Sulzer played well last night in place of a sick Andrej Sekera. Sekera will probably miss tonights game as well.

Games of intrest tonight:

TB @ Washington (NO 3 PT GAME!!)

Florida @ Philadelphia

Winnipeg @ Vancouver

Sabres fans need to root for the Bolts, Flyers, and Nucks.

Projected Lineup:










Prediction: Hang on for dear life boy's. They need to win 3 of 4, here is your one loss 4-2 Boston.


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