NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Wednesday, February 18th
(All times eastern)
Florida Panthers (20-25-11-3) at Buffalo Sabres (27-26-5-1), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres seek their fifth straight win tonight
when they welcome the Florida Panthers to HSBC Arena.
Buffalo remains on the outside of the Eastern Conference playoff picture, four
behind the Islanders and Canadiens for the final spot.
On Monday, Miroslav Satan recorded his first career four-goal game, as the
Sabres crushed the Atlanta Thrashers, 7-2, at HSBC Arena. Satan scored three
times in the third period, as Buffalo notched its fourth straight win.
It marked the sixth time in his career that Satan has scored at least three
goals in a game. He ended a four-game goal-scoring drought.
Daniel Briere contributed a goal and two assists for the Sabres, who have won
eight of their last nine games. Ales Kotalik and Andy Delmore also found the
net, while Mika Noronen made 23 saves for Buffalo.
The Sabres, who have won five of their last six home games, will close out a
three-game set Friday against Tampa Bay.
Florida, meanwhile, has lost two straight on the heels of a three-game win
streak. On Monday the Panthers dropped a 3-1 contest on Carolina. Kevin Weekes
made 20 saves for the Hurricanes, while Sean Hill, Rod Brind'Amour and Pavel
Juraj Kolnik scored and Roberto Luongo turned aside 20 shots for Florida,
which has lost two in a row after winning its previous three games.
The Panthers have 54 points and are 10 points out of the final playoff spot in
Florida, which is 2-7-1 in its last 10 road games, play the third portion of a
six-game trip tonight and will visit Pittsburgh on Friday.
The Cats and Sabres have split two meetings this season, with both clubs
winning in its own building. Buffalo, however, is 3-1-1 in the last five
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