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Preview #73: Predators Try To Maintain Playoff Position

 By Amanda DiPaolo

Season Records

Nashville Predators 37-25-10

Buffalo Sabres 35-28-8

Preds try for three in a row against Buffalo on Sunday (Getty)

Sunday afternoon, the Nashville Predators will play one of their three remaining road games this regular season. The Buffalo Sabres, like Nashville, are clinging on to the 8th and final playoff spot in their conference. Both teams will be desperate for a win, and both teams played Saturday night.  

Patric Hornqvist doesn’t seem to think the late travel and early start time will be a problem for the Predators. “We are coming in late  but after the win, I don’t think we care that much. We just have to keep going  and tighten it up in the neutral zone. The biggest thing for [Sunday] is to score on the chances they will give us. We know they are a good team and we know it is going to be a big battle again,” Hornqvist said. 

Predators Captain Shea Weber said beating Detroit on Saturday night was huge, but agreed with Hornqvist, Nashville can’t overlook the game in Buffalo. “We’ve got to win again tomorrow,” Weber said, adding “obviously, it’s a huge win for us. It’s a big rival game against Detroit, but we’ve got to move pass this. We’ve got a big game against Buffalo, who’s fighting for their playoff advantage as well.”

Nashville’s all-time record in Buffalo is 4-1-(1)-0 and the Sabres have only a mediocre home record at 16-16-3. Sunday’s game is the second game of Nashville’s 12th back-to-back series. With the win against Detroit, the Predators are 8-4-0 in the first game of back-to-backs but only have a 5-5-1 record in the second game.

If there is one Predator who is just waiting to bust out of a slump, it’s Mike Fisher. Fisher has only scored once since being traded to the Nashville Predators but is always working hard on the ice. Fisher has looked particularly sharp the past few games and has 32 points in 52 career games against the Sabres, including 8 goals and 24 assists.

Coach Barry Trotz said there was a 50/50 chance that Anders Lindback would be in goal Sunday afternoon. 

The Predators return home after the game on Sunday afternoon to host the Edmonton Oilers for the last time on Tuesday night. The Predators have a 1-1-1 record against the worst team in the League and will be looking for two points.

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