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SABRES VS. LIGHTNING

7:30, at Marine Midland Arena
TV: Empire Radio: 550, 710
Sabres update: Looking for first official victory in new Marine Midland Arena. . . . LW Dixon Ward was skating on first line with Pat LaFontaine and Donald Audette in practice. Michal Grosek was on LaFontaine line for season-opener. . . . Andrei Trefilov was in goal for both Buffalo road victories over Tampa Bay last year while Dominik Hasek suffered both losses here. . . . Buffalo has had only one lead in four games so far. That was final 14:18 of 2-1 victory at Vancouver last Wednesday.

Lightning update: Ex-Sabre Daren Puppa (groin) did not make the trip, so Tampa Bay is relying again on two rookie goalies, Corey Schwab and Derek Wilkinson. D Craig Wolanin is still out after shoulder surgery and is sidelined until early November. RW Paul Ysebaert is out indefinitely with a groin strain. . . . Tampa Bay is only NHL team that owns a winning record (4-2-1) on Sabres home ice. However, Buffalo swept two games in St. Petersburg ThunderDome last season. . . . New faces on Lightning roster: veteran forward Dino Ciccarelli and ex-Sabre D Jay Wells. . . . Next game: Inaugural game in new Ice Palace in Tampa Sunday night against New York Rangers.
SABRES
No. Player Pos.GAPts.
3 Galley .... D112
4 Wilson .... D011
8 Shannon .... D000
12 Burridge ....LW022
15 Ward ....RW000
16 LaFontaine .... C112
17 Dawe ....RW112
18 Grosek ....LW011
19 Holzinger .... C101
26 Plante .... C011
27 Peca .... C101
28 Audette ....RW000
32 Ray ....LW000
37 Brown ....LW112
42 Smehlik .... D022
44 Zhitnik .... D000
74 McKee .... D000
76 Primeau .... C000
93 Semenov .... C000
Goaltenders GPGAAvg.
30 Trefilov....000.00
39 Hasek....4133.25
LIGHTNING
No. Player Pos.GAPts.
2 Houlder ....D0 1 1
4 Cross ....D000
5 Ulanov ....D000
7 Zamuner ....LW/C134
11 Burr ....LW224
12 Cullen ....C213
19 Bradley ....C224
20 Poeschek ....RW022
22 Ciccarelli ....RW134
23 Bellows ....LW022
24 Weimer ....LW011
26 Wells ....D00 0
27 Shaw ....D011
28 Poulin ....RW000
29 Selivanov ....RW112
34 Andersson ....LW000
44 Hamrlik ....D011
55 Bannister ....D000
77 Gratton ....C303
92 Gavey ....C101
Goaltenders GPGAAvg.
32 Schwab .... 2 9 4.82
35 Wilkinson.... 1 1 7.50
93 Puppa .... 1 3 2.90

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