NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, October 26th
(All times eastern)
Buffalo Sabres (3-5-0) at Florida Panthers (4-5-0), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres will try to get their season back on
track when they continue their road trip against the Florida Panthers this
evening at BankAtlantic Center.
The Sabres, last year's Presidents' Trophy winners, have stumbled to a 3-5-0
record to begin this season -- just one year after tying an NHL record with 10
straight victories to begin the 2006-07 campaign.
Buffalo is currently in the midst of a three-game losing streak and is 0-2 so
far on a five-game swing.
The Sabres' latest setback came Wednesday evening in Carolina, as Bret Hedican
and Eric Staal each had a goal and two assists to lead the Hurricanes to an
easy 6-2 victory over Buffalo.
Jason Pominville scored both goals for the Sabres, while Ryan Miller allowed
all six goals on 43 shots faced.
After this evening's tilt the Sabres will close out their road trip with stops
in Tampa Bay and Boston.
The Panthers have won four of their last six games and are coming off
Wednesday's triumph over the visiting Philadelphia Flyers. Olli Jokinen scored
two goals and set two team records in the process as Florida held on to beat
the Flyers, 4-3.
Jokinen's first goal moved him past Scott Mellanby for first place on
Florida's all-time points list with 355. His second tally made him the all-
time leading goal scorer in franchise history with 158, once again bumping
Mellanby from the top of the list.
Gregory Campbell also tallied twice while Tomas Vokoun made 20 saves for the
Panthers, who avoided their third straight loss.
The Panthers are 3-1-0 as the home team this season and are completing a brief
two-game stand tonight.
The Sabres went 3-1 against the Panthers last season and have won four of the
last five meetings. However, Buffalo has dropped four of its last six tests in
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