SABRES (1-0-1) at PREDATORS (2-0-0)
Season series: First and only meeting this season. Jason Arnott and J.P. Dumont scored third-period goals 2:33 apart on Dec. 1, 2008, to lead
Sabres – The last time
"They are almost a mirror-image of how we're playing, where it's tight-gap and puck pressure," he said. "They always have two men going. We've seen teams like
Predators – Looking to rebound after missing the playoffs for the first time since 2002-03,
"We threw that word around, resiliency, just non-stop (my) first year,'' goalie Dan Ellis said. "Last year it didn't happen quite as often.
"Much of that was my own fault and maybe others. But this year, we've turned things around.''
Who's Hot – Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller hasn't been overworked in his first two starts, facing just 41 shots, but he's stopped 38 of them and is 1-0-1 with a 1.46 goals-against average and .927 save percentage.
Patric Hornqvist had two career goals in 29 games plus two periods of Thursday's game against the Avalanche before the Predators forward scored twice in a span of 2:17 to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 victory. Ellis is 2-0-0 with a 1.92 GAA and .938 save percentage.
Injury Report –
Stat Pack – Nashville's top defense pairing of Shea Weber and Ryan Suter are plus-four through two games, while forwards Jason Arnott, Steve Sullivan and Hornqvist are all plus-three. Hornqvist stepped in on the top line against the Avalanche with
Puck Drop – Both these teams are used to defensive battles, so don't be surprised if this game has a 2-1 outcome. The only question is which goalie blinks first.
-- Brian Hunter, NHL.com