FLORIDA PANTHERS: 2-5-0 (4 PTS.) vs. BUFFALO SABRES: 3-4-1 (7 PTS.)
GAME DAY SONG: Jackson Cage by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Head coach Kevin Dineen of the Florida Panthers said after the Panthers victory over Winnipeg that he’s looking forward to this four game road trip. Dineen is looking for his Panthers to build on Thursday’s victory which snapped a five game losing streak, and hoping that the quality time together will help the Cats continue to find the chemistry that was so obvious last season. The road trip starts today in Buffalo, then goes to Winnipeg, Philadelphia and finally Washington. The Panthers will be facing a Sabres team who were slapped around by the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday by a score of 6-1.
In that game Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller gave up four goals on 21 shots in two periods and was replaced by Jhonas Enroth in the final period. Buffalo was coming off a big victory over Boston on Thursday that saw the red hot Tomas Vanek pick up five points on three goals and two assists. Saturday’s loss was Buffalo’s fifth in their last six games, and coach Lindy Ruff blamed it mostly on a slow start which was indicated by the fact that they had only one shot on goal in the first 20 minutes:
”We didn’t have our ‘A’ game right off the bat. We started in the second but it was too late,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. ”It’s a collective effort. You can’t point fingers at anybody.”