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Flames at Sabres Gamethread



Buffalo has a similar record to Calgary, but they’ve gotten there by the opposite path: whereas the Flames rode a high shooting percentage through the first month or so, the Sabres have Ryan Miller stopping everything he sees. Only 5 of their skaters have a on-ice SV% below .920 right now (at ES), while a majority of the club sits were all above .940. That’s crazy good. On the other end of the spectrum, only two Sabres skaters have an on-ice SH% above 10 – and they’re both defensemen. So guys like Roy and Vanek are technically struggling to score right now, but I doubt that’ll last forever.

Stuff to look for tonight:

– Patrik Kelata is the leagues best pest. Expect to hate him by the end of the night.

– Monstrous Calgarian Tyler Myers is turning heads in Buffalo. He was Keith Aulie‘s defense partner last year during the WJC.

Steve Montador is fitting in well in Buffalo by all accounts. I’ll never, ever forget his efforts in the 2003-2004 run – especially the OT goal versus San Jose.

– If you missed it, check out my Q&A with Die By the Blade here. I've been watching a lot of Zero Punctuation lately, so I was feeling a little saucy when I responded to David's questions.

Jarome Iginla has continued to look more like himself recently. Does he take another step tonight?

– I noted below that Sarich has struggled a bit next to Jay Bouwmeester. If that continues, he’s even more likely to become trade bait in the near future.

Let's go for five in a row.

by Kent Wilson