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Bobby Lou loves facing Buffalo
As many point out, Roberto Luongo has really pumped up his numbers against the Buffalo Sabres lately, as he carries a three-game shutout streak into Saturday’s game. That streak includes his past two starts versus Buffalo as a member of the Florida Panthers, so it’s not merely a matter of his days with the Vancouver Canucks.
Luongo’s been quite effective for Florida, in general, even if he hasn’t always received the best bounces (judging by the six in his 8-5-6 record). His .924 save percentage is a strong argument that he can make things work under most circumstances, even as people focus on a contract even he grew to hate.
The Sabres rode a hot streak with Jhonas Enroth pretty recently, yet it sounds like Michal Neuvirth will get the nod today.
Flyers at Kings: Steve Mason for sure on Philly’s end, probably Jonathan Quick for Los Angeles.
Capitals at Devils: Braden Holtby seems most likely, Cory Scheider for sure.
Canucks at Maple Leafs: Ryan Miller’s expected, Jonathan Bernier’s confirmed.
Rangers at Red Wings: Cam Talbot vs. Jimmy Howard.
Canadiens at Stars: Likely Carey Price vs. Kari Lehtonen.
Blue Jackets at Lightning: Sergei Bobrovsky vs. Ben Bishop.
Blackhawks at Pekka Rinne: Best guess right now is Scott Darling vs. Pekka Rinne.
Bruins at Coyotes: Possibly Tuukka Rask, definitely Devan Dubnyk.
Sharks at Flames: Expected Antti Niemi vs. Karri Ramo.