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Nashville Predators @ Buffalo Sabres Preview: No Looking Back


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Nashville Predators
@ Buffalo Sabres

Sunday, Mar 20, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT
HSBC Arena

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Fresh off of a 3-1 victory of the Detroit Red Wings, the Nashville Predators will head up north to take on the Buffalo Sabres in a game with massive playoff implications for both teams. The Sabres and the Predators both sit at eighth place in their respective conference playoff races and both will be playing their second game in two days.

Follow after the jump for lineups and a few keys to the game:

Projected Lineups:


Anders Lindback

#39 / Goalie / Nashville Predators

6-6

205

May 03, 1988



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Anders Lindback 21 1071 10 5 46 2.58 538 492 .914 2

Forwards
Kostitsyn - Fisher - Wilson
Ward - Legwand - Erat (A)
Hornqvist - Smithson - Spaling
Tootoo - Geoffrion - Halischuck
Defense
Suter (A) - Weber (C)
Klein - Blum
O'Brien - Franson

Ryan Miller

#30 / Goalie / Buffalo Sabres

6-2

175

Jul 17, 1980



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Ryan Miller 58 3418 29 21 152 2.67 1758 1606 .914 3


Forwards
Vanek-Connolly-Pominville
Ennis-Boyes-Stafford
Gerbe-Gaustad-Mancari
Niedermayer-McCormick-Grier
Defense
Sekera-Myers
Montador-Leopold
Morrisonn-Weber

Keys To The Game:

  • Play with urgency: The last thing Nashville needs after an emotional win against Detroit is a let down on the road. With the playoff right as tight as it is, every game matters. And with Buffalo in a playoff battle of it's own and playing in their house, the Sabres certainly will not be taking this game off. The Predators need to come out strong and not rest on their laurels from last night.
  • Attack the net: Anybody who watched the Olympics knows what kind of level Ryan Miller is capable of playing at. Nashville has done a great job of getting to the net and putting home rebounds the last two games, and they'll need to do just that if they want to get anything by Miller.

The games only get bigger from here, folks, and today is no exception.

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