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Buffalo Sabres Look to Extend Home Winning Streak Against Florida Panthers

January 9th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

As the roads begin to reopen and Western New York returns to normalcy, the Buffalo Sabres return to action as they are set to host the Florida Panthers tonight.

'064-002 // Tyler Myers and Henrik Tallinder (12/5/2013)' photo (c) 2013, grilled cheese - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

The Sabres come into tonight's game having won their last five home games, and currently hold a 5-3-2 record in their last 10 games. In order to sustain their home winning streak, however, they will need to do so without some key parts of their defensive unit. Tyler Myers will serve his first game of his three-game suspension, while Henrik Tallinder continues to miss time with an upper body injury.

The Sabres are also still missing Cody Hodgson and Drew Stafford on the offensive front, although Stafford's offensive production has been extremely lacking at best. Buffalo will continue to rely on the likes of Tyler Ennis and Zemgus Girgensons who have been very good for Buffalo lately, and the team hopes Marcus Foligno can return to his form from just before he was stricken with the flu.

On the other side of the ice will be the Panthers, who are now a division opponent for Buffalo.  Brian Campbell will likely earn multiple points against Buffalo tonight, as he seems to do so every outing against Buffalo since joining the Panthers. The Sabres will also need to defend Brad Boyes, another former member of the franchise who seems to be fitting in quite nicely with Florida. 

Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, NHL

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