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GDT: Tampa Bay Lightning at Buffalo Sabres. 12 January 2019 @ 7:00PM EST on MSG.

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Saturday, 12 January 2019 the Buffalo Sabres take on the Tampa Bay Lightening in Buffalo. Game starts at 7:00 PM EST and broadcast through MSG-B and SUN. 
 
Tampa has a +58 goal differential and is 15-4-2 on the road. They are 9-1-0 in their last 10 with the most recent victory coming against the Hurricanes who just beat the Sabres.
 
Buffalo is 14-5-3 at home with a +3 goal differential. They are coming off a loss to Carolina as the spiral continues. Not exactly an optimal team to play against as we try to right the sinking ship. As Hutton played against the Canes and Ullmark having a good weekend record I expect the latter to get the start. 
 
Below are potential starting lineups. Obviously Tampa has a working formula so I don’t expect much deviation barring injuries. Buffalo on the other hand is struggling to find competent combinations for the middle six so I would not be surprised if we see a slightly different lineup.
 
LW C RW
Ondrej Palat
ONDREJ PALAT

Rating: 74.4#36 LW

Steven Stamkos
STEVEN STAMKOS

Rating: 81.7#11 C

Alex Killorn
ALEX KILLORN

Rating: 72.6#90 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 76.24#21 FL1
Tyler Johnson
TYLER JOHNSON

Rating: 74.8#49 LW

Brayden Point
BRAYDEN POINT

Rating: 84.2#7 C

Nikita Kucherov
NIKITA KUCHEROV

Rating: 88.8#1 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 82.60#1 FL2
Adam Erne
ADAM ERNE

Rating: 72.5#70 LW

Anthony Cirelli
ANTHONY CIRELLI

Rating: 73.5#72 C

Yanni Gourde
YANNI GOURDE

Rating: 75.6#31 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 73.85#4 FL3
Danick Martel
DANICK MARTEL

Rating: 73.3#52 LW

Cedric Paquette
CEDRIC PAQUETTE

Rating: 69.4#178 C

Mathieu Joseph
MATHIEU JOSEPH

Rating: 73.2#53 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.98#6 FL4
 
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Victor Hedman
VICTOR HEDMAN

Rating: 80.5#3 LD

Dan Girardi
DAN GIRARDI

Rating: 71.8#60 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 76.15#11 DL1
Ryan McDonagh
RYAN MCDONAGH

Rating: 76.2#19 LD

Erik Cernak
ERIK CERNAK

Rating: 72.8#42 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.50#10 DL2
Braydon Coburn
BRAYDON COBURN

Rating: 71.4#87 LD

Anton Stralman
ANTON STRALMAN

Rating: 74.1#33 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.76#9 DL3
 
LW C RW
Jeff Skinner
JEFF SKINNER

Rating: 81.4#5 LW

Jack Eichel
JACK EICHEL

Rating: 81.1#16 C

Tage Thompson
TAGE THOMPSON

Rating: 69.8#172 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.46#15 FL1
Conor Sheary
CONOR SHEARY

Rating: 71.1#102 LW

Vladimir Sobotka
VLADIMIR SOBOTKA

Rating: 68.3#188 C

Sam Reinhart
SAM REINHART

Rating: 76.3#31 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 71.89#24 FL2
Zemgus Girgensons
ZEMGUS GIRGENSONS

Rating: 69.7#173 LW

Casey Mittelstadt
CASEY MITTELSTADT

Rating: 70.0#165 C

Jason Pominville
JASON POMINVILLE

Rating: 73.5#52 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.06#24 FL3
Evan Rodrigues
EVAN RODRIGUES

Rating: 71.0#104 LW

Johan Larsson
JOHAN LARSSON

Rating: 68.5#141 C

Kyle Okposo
KYLE OKPOSO

Rating: 70.7#87 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.03#20 FL4
 
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Lawrence Pilut
LAWRENCE PILUT

Rating: 73.1#52 LD

Rasmus Ristolainen
RASMUS RISTOLAINEN

Rating: 76.6#23 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 74.82#18 DL1
Rasmus Dahlin
RASMUS DAHLIN

Rating: 73.1#51 LD

Zach Bogosian
ZACH BOGOSIAN

Rating: 71.0#76 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.06#22 DL2
Marco Scandella
MARCO SCANDELLA

Rating: 71.6#78 LD

Jake McCabe
JAKE MCCABE

Rating: 71.4#88 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.51#15 DL3
Edited by SABRES 0311
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Will go out on a limb and predict Thompson doesn't get 1st line duty this game.

Will go out further and agree Ullmark gets the start. ;)

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6 minutes ago, Taro T said:

Will go out on a limb and predict Thompson doesn't get 1st line duty this game.

Will go out further and agree Ullmark gets the start. 😉

Agree on both.

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Glad someone else has taken over the mantle... good luck and good luck Sabres...

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6 hours ago, North Buffalo said:

Glad someone else has taken over the mantle... good luck and good luck Sabres...

You are a good soldier, but your time is up,

Thanks, Rambo (you will always be Rambo to me) for kick stating us in the noble fight.

Also, @..., very nice letter.

Why would the stupid NHL schedule the Sabres in NC and then home the next night?  NC is practically to Florida.

MUST WIN!! (although I would accept a tie in this case)

GO SABRES!!

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What time was this thread started?  The new upgrade does not have an exact time, but says 7 hours ago.  Must have been just after mid-night, which is cool.

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25 minutes ago, New Scotland (NS) said:

What time was this thread started?  The new upgrade does not have an exact time, but says 7 hours ago.  Must have been just after mid-night, which is cool.

I made it shortly after the CAR game. I have seen them done after midnight mostly but within 24 hours as well. 

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This team needs a swift kick in the ass. They were an embarrassment yesterday. Ullmark should be getting more starts. 

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11 hours ago, North Buffalo said:

Glad someone else has taken over the mantle... good luck and good luck Sabres...

I remain by the red phone with the light that blinks. No one wants to win again, 9-2, I guess. But that wasn't the REAL Buffalo Sabres anyway. It was all a miraaaaaaaage.

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Can someone fix the title?  If I'm searching for "Lightning" at some point in the future, it's not going to return this thread, which uses "Lightening."  (It's a word, to be sure, but not the one that describes the Tampa team.)

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3 minutes ago, Eleven said:

Can someone fix the title?  If I'm searching for "Lightning" at some point in the future, it's not going to return this thread, which uses "Lightening."  (It's a word, to be sure, but not the one that describes the Tampa team.)

Letter deleted. World may now resume turning.😁

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2 hours ago, CallawaySabres said:

I will be going this one and I have a feeling it could be a very bad decision

I don't think it will be as bad as you think. Buffalo sports teams play up/down to their competition.

Edit: forgot......MUST WIN for CallawaySabres

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35 minutes ago, PASabreFan said:

I remain by the red phone with the light that blinks. No one wants to win again, 9-2, I guess. But that wasn't the REAL Buffalo Sabres anyway. It was all a miraaaaaaaage.

I keep calling, but no one's there ... is that you Roxy?  😎

I really think your blinking light is on the blink again.

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6 minutes ago, New Scotland (NS) said:

I keep calling, but no one's there ... is that you Roxy?  😎

I really think your blinking light is on the blink again.

I know how you feel.

I keep calling in to the Instigators show and they hang up after asking my name when I answer "Call Me Misty".

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11 minutes ago, New Scotland (NS) said:

I keep calling, but no one's there ... is that you Roxy?  😎

I really think your blinking light is on the blink again.

All I can hear is heavy breathing and the sound of coffee being poured.

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19 minutes ago, MakeSabresGrr8Again said:

I don't think it will be as bad as you think. Buffalo sports teams play up/down to their competition.

Edit: forgot......MUST WIN for CallawaySabres

Might have to wear the playoff coat tonight..hmm

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18 minutes ago, PASabreFan said:

All I can hear is heavy breathing and the sound of coffee being poured.

So, you do know that it's me calling and you still ignore / hang up.

That's not very nice, Roxy.

23 minutes ago, MakeSabresGrr8Again said:

I know how you feel.

I keep calling in to the Instigators show and they hang up after asking my name when I answer "Call Me Misty".

Roxy, as in Roxy Music ... Street Life.  I didn't expect many, if any, to get the very obscure reference.

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4 hours ago, SABRES 0311 said:

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I made it shortly after the CAR game. I have seen them done after midnight mostly but within 24 hours as well. 

Humph.  Good thing I'm not ... you know ... others may question this, but what the heck.

Is that you in your latest avatar photo?

Edited by New Scotland (NS)
what gives with all the missing letters ... ?????

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50 minutes ago, New Scotland (NS) said:

Humph.  Good thing I'm not ... you know ... others may question this, but what the heck.

Is that you in your latest avatar photo?

Nah it’s from a meme about men who wear skinny jeans.

Edit: Meant in good fun.

My photo has me in plain clothes and better beard. That’ll go up once I can find it. 😁

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Losing last night makes me feel better about our odds tonight. 

I would have preferred to win last night though for the sake of the playoffs. 

Oh well. Got my coffee and a good night's sleep. 

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23 minutes ago, darksabre said:

Losing last night makes me feel better about our odds tonight. 

I would have preferred to win last night though for the sake of the playoffs. 

Oh well. Got my coffee and a good night's sleep. 

Strangely, I'm in that same boat.

Expecting a much better effort tonight.

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Confidence level low for this one.  

I’m expecting a massacre fitting of a Tarantino film.  My thoughts are with young Linus.  He’s going to be a bullseye in a shooting gallery.  

Prove me wrong Sabres!

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With or without my ipa goggles. . .

Oh, and we remember your antics from the previous outing, Paquette - you might want to keep your head up

Let's go Buffalo!

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