We need to make sure that we are more disciplined because they have scored quite a few power play goals these last couple of games. We need to build on things we did in Montreal and make sure that our execution is good. - Forward Drew Stafford
Since dropping their home opener against the Hurricanes, the Sabres have won their last two road games and are looking to make it three in a row tonight when they take on the Panthers in Sunrise, Florida. A 3-1 win over Montreal on Tuesday was highlighted by the play of Ryan Miller
who stopped 40 shots in the win.
Today’s morning skate had a more intense feel to it as the team spent time working on their special teams. This is an area that is need of a spark as Buffalo has only mustered three goals in 16 attempts and given up two shorthanded goals. Forward Drew Stafford
knows the team needs to tighten up to make sure they can handle a surging Florida unit that is tied for second in the NHL with eight power play goals.
“We need to make sure that we are more disciplined because they have scored quite a few power play goals these last couple of games. We need to build on things we did in Montreal and make sure that our execution is good.”
A revamped Florida team is playing like they are already in the playoffs. The offseason additions of forwards Tomas Fleischmann, Scottie Upshall, Kris Versteeg, Sean Bergenheim, Tomas Kopecky and Marcel Goc have combined for seven of Florida’s 13 goals through the first five games of the season.
The Panthers also steadied their defense with the acquisition of veteran Ed Jovanovski and Brian Campbell, who leads the team in assists with seven. This new-look Panthers team has the ability to produce on the ice, and head coach Lindy Ruff knows that.
“They’ve proven that they are very competitive through the first few games and I don’t think that is going to change,” commented Ruff. “I think they (Florida) like where they’re at and I think they are just looking to improve, so I think they can be a winner.”
Forward Jochen Hecht
did not participate in today's skate. Head coach Lindy Ruff mentioned that this is not a reflection of the head injury that Hecht has been suffering but rather he just wasn’t feeling well.
Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m. and can be seen on MSG. Don’t forget to tune into MSG at 7 p.m. to check out the Tops Game Night pregame show.