Preview: Sabres @ Panthers, 11/12/15

Game #16
Buffalo Sabres (7-8-0 / 14 PTS) @ Florida Panthers (6-6-3 / 15 PTS)
Thursday, November 12, 2015 – 7:30PM EST
BB&T Center – Sunrise, FL

Projected Line Combinations

Florida_Panthers.svg
11 Huberdeau – 27 Bjugstad – 68 Jagr L1 26 Moulson – 90 O’Reilly – 12 Gionta
36 Jokinen – 21 Trocheck – 18 Smith L2 88 McGinn – 15 Eichel – 63 Ennis
73 Pirri – 63 Bolland – 23 Grimaldi L3 22 Larsson – 28 Girgensons – 23 Reinhart
 28 Wilson – 17 MacKenzie – 42 Howden L4 44 Deslauriers – 17 Legwand – 82 Foligno
51 Campbell – 5 Ekblad D1 4 Gorges – 55 Ristolainen
Kulikov – 6 Petrovic D2 29 McCabe – 46 Franson
33 Mitchell – 44 Gudbranson D3 25 Colaiacovo – 3 Pysyk
1 Luongo – 35 Montoya G 31 Johnson – 35 Ullmark
Kampfer, Thornton X Weber, Schaller
 Barkov, Savard, Hodges INJ Bogosian, Kane, Lehner, McCormick

Top 5 Scorers

Florida Panthers

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Jaromir Jagr 7 5 12
2. Vincent Trocheck 6 5 11
3. Jussi Jokinen 3 7 10
4. Nick Bjugstad 5 4 9
5. Reilly Smith 5 3 8

Buffalo Sabres

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Ryan O’Reilly 4 9 13
2. Jack Eichel 6 3 9
3. Rasmus Ristolainen 4 4 8
4. Tyler Ennis 3 5 8
5. Cody Franson 1 6 7

Expected Starting Goaltenders

Florida Panthers

Name Record Save % GAA
Roberto Luongo 4-5-2 .928 2.36

Buffalo Sabres

Name Record Save % GAA
Kari Ramo 3-4-0 .889 3.53

Between the Lines

The Panthers will face the Buffalo Sabres for the second time on Thursday after beating the Calgary Flames on Tuesday 4-3. Vincent Trocheck started the scoring for the Panthers by backhanding a rebound past goaltender Kari Ramo, but David Jones would tie the game for the Flames just minutes later. Reilly Smith would reclaim the lead for the Panthers by backhanding home a rebound following an Alex Petrovic point shot, and Aaron Ekblad scored shortly after on a beautiful cross-ice pass by Jaromir Jagr. The Flames would score 2 more goals, but Jagr tallied the 4th goal of the game for the Panthers and that would seal the deal. Gerard Gallant said on Wednesday after a morning skate the Aleksander Barkov will likely join the team for practice on Thursday for the first time since breaking a bone in his hand while blocking a shot 3 weeks ago against the Blackhawks. Gallant also said that he’s “on schedule” and just needs to work on shooting and stick-handling before returning to the lineup.

The Sabres are coming off a 4-1 victory against the defending Eastern Conference Champion Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night. Jack Eichel tallied a goal and an assist while Chad Johnson made 30 saves on 31 shots to guide the Sabres to their 4th win in their last 5 games. Rookie Jack Eichel has 5 points over his last 3 games and Tyler Ennis has 4 points in his last 5 games.

The Panthers and Sabres last faced off on October 15th, a game which the Panthers barely escaped with a 3-2 victory. Jaromir Jagr had a two-goal night and Aleksander Barkov tallied the game-winning goal to give the Panthers the victory.

Last Game Played

The Panthers faced the Flames on Tuesday night for their 15th game of the season and won 4-3 in regulation. You can find our recap by clicking here, and the NHL recap can be found below:

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One thought on “Preview: Sabres @ Panthers, 11/12/15

  1. The next week works out to be very important for the Panthers. Tonight’s opponent, Buffalo is only a point behind the Panthers and beat Tampa Bay the other night. Then Saturday The Panthers are at Tampa Bay with a rematch Monday against the Lightning at BB&T. Encouraged to hear Barkov was skating and shooting today. It’s been a long three weeks. Despite a tough couple weeks, the Panthers are still in good position to make a move upward in the standings if they can stack up some wins against teams in the division.

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