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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Gameday: at Buffalo, Nov. 26

Time to get back on that horse, boys...
The Washington Capitals are in Buffalo, New York, this evening to take on the Sabres as they look to rebound following their pathetic showing against the Rangers Friday night at Verizon Center. Washington enters tonight's contest with a 12-8-1 record, which gives them 25 standings points and places them second in the Southeast Division and seventh in the Eastern Conference. The Sabres, on the other hand, enter the game at 12-9-1, also with 25 points. Their 25 points have them third in the Northeast Division and ninth in the Conference.  Buffalo has lost three in a row, coming off a 5-1 waxing at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.  This is the first of four meetings between these two teams this season.

Lindy Ruff is likely to call on regular backup Jhonas Enroth to start tonight because all-world starter Ryan Miller is out with a concussion.  Enroth has carried the mail for Ruff recently, playing almost every minute since Miller went down two weeks ago, and has a 7-3-1 record on the year with 2.40 GAA, .922 save percentage, and one shutout.  Buffalo also has a multitude of injuries to deal with besides Miller.  Defenseman Tyler Myers and winger Tyler Ennis are both out with long-term injuries, while winger Brad Boyes, tough guy Patrick Kaleta, and defenseman Robyn Regehr are all questionable with minor injuries that have caused them to miss time over the last week.

Tomas Vokoun will start for Washington tonight following Michal Neuvirth's poor performance against the Rangers on Friday night.  Vokoun made 22 saves in his last start, a 4-3 win over Winnipeg on Wednesday, and on the year he owns a 2.66 GAA, .910 save percentage, and a shutout to go along with a 10-4-0 record. The Caps need him to have a huge game and right the ship following their flat game on Friday.  On the injury front, the Caps are without Mike Green (groin) and Jay Beagle (face/head), while John Erskine is questionable with a shoulder injury. Cody Eakin will be the healthy scratch, allowing Mathieu Perreault a chance to re-enter the lineup and make some noise.

Puck drops for this one 7:09-ish.  Check back later.  Roll tide.

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