SEKERA BACK; GERBE OUT
Saturday, 03.17.2012 / 12:47 PM ET
MORNING SKATE LINES
- Tyler Myers will serve the second game of his three-game suspension
- Ryan Miller is expected to get the start in goal.
- Andrej Sekera returns after missing five games; Brayden McNabb will sit out
- Nathan Gerbe is out with an upper body injury
WHAT THEY SAID TODAY
*Lindy Ruff (listen to the full audio)
*Andrej Sekera (listen to the full audio)
SABRES at PANTHERS
-This is the fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Panthers this season.
-Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Florida, 2-1 (OT), in Buffalo on Dec. 9.
-The Sabres are 6-4-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Panthers; 8-2-0 on the road.
-This is the 72nd game all-time between Buffalo and Florida; Buffalo leads the series with a 42-25-4 record. Buffalo is 24-10-3 at home against the Panthers all-time.
- Buffalo enters the day three points out of a playoff spot after beginning the day on Feb. 17 in 14th place in the Eastern Conference and 10 points out of eighth in the Eastern Conference.
- Ryan Miller is 2-1-0 against Florida this season with a 1.33 GAA and a .951 SV%. Miller was won four of his last five games against the Panthers and is 13-8-0 against them in his career with a 2.30 GAA and a .921 SV%.
-Jason Pominville leads all Sabres with 27 points (11+16) in 26 career games against the Panthers, including five (3+2) in three games this season. Pominville has points in six straight games against the Panthers (5+6).
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Alexander Sulzer scored his second career goal (first this season) on Wednesday vs. COL… Drew Stafford has five points (1+4) in his last two games… Buffalo is 27-3-2 when allowing two or fewer goals and 24-4-4 when scoring three or more.
ENNIS IS ON FIRE
Tyler Ennis has points in each of his last three games (3+3) and has 14 points (6+8) in his last 15 games. The Sabres are 11-1-4 when Ennis records a point this season and 38-9-8 when he tallies a point in his career. With three assists on Wednesday vs. COL, Ennis recorded his fourth career three-point game. Hehas also won 60.7% of his faceoffs since his switch back to center three games ago.
MAKING THE JUMP
Marcus Foligno recorded his first career goal on Saturday at OTT and then followed that up with his first assist on Monday vs. MTL. After a two-goal game on Wednesday vs. COL, Foligno now has four points (3+1) a plus-4 rating in three games since his recall on March 9. Prior to this recall, Foligno had only played one NHL game. In his first professional season, he has 34 points (14+20) in 55 games in the AHL.
IT’S MILLER TIME
Ryan Miller is 9-1-2 in his last 12 games with a .940 save percentage and a 1.95 goals against average, and 14-3-4 in his last 22 games with a 1.93 goals against average and a .937 save percentage.