Playing at First Niagara Center for just the second time this season, Buffalo looks to continue its home domination of Tampa Bay as the teams conclude a home-and-home set Tuesday night. The Sabres who outscored opponents 9-3 at home, couldn’t get any pucks past Mathieu Garon of the Bolts on Saturday, losing 3-0.
The Lightning (3-3-2) surely haven’t enjoyed too many of their recent visits to Buffalo, where the Sabres have gone 20-6-0 with one tie in the last 27 meetings in this series.
The Sabres, however, won’t be at full strength after learning left wing Tyler Ennis – a 20-goal scorer last season – is week-to-week after spraining his left ankle Saturday. His presence will surely be missed.
Though he was blanked by Garon on Saturday, Buffalo’s Thomas Vanek has five goals and an assist in his last three games against Tampa Bay. He has 16 goals – three hat tricks – in 12 career home games versus the Lightning.
Tampa Bay Lightning – Mathieu Garon
Buffalo Sabres – Ryan Miller
After making 16 saves in Thursday’s 4-1 win over the New York Islanders, Garon recorded his 20th career shutout Saturday. He had gone 0-6-0 with a 4.05 goals-against average in his previous six career starts versus Buffalo.
Ryan Miller, who has allowed two goals or fewer, posting three shutouts in nine of his last 11 regular season starts dating to 2010-11, is 17-5-0 lifetime against the Lightning. He’s won seven of nine career home contests in this series despite a horrific 3.11 GAA
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