The first-place Sabres will host the Panthers on Thursday in
the third meeting between the teams this season.
Both members of the Eastern Conference, the teams could not
be farther apart. Florida is 14th in a 15-team conference,
while Buffalo leads with 23 wins and 48 points.
However, the teams have split their two contests this season.
On November 10, Thomas Vanek's goal in overtime lifted the
Sabres to a 5-4 victory. Less than a month later, the
Panthers were able to avenge the loss with a 3-1 victory in
Florida on December 7.
Daniel Briere set up three goals on odd-man rushes and Ryan
Miller came within 40 seconds of his second shutout of the
season as the Sabres halted New Jersey's five-game winning
streak with a 3-2 victory on Tuesday. Buffalo has won two
Nathan Horton netted his ninth goal, Drew Larman collected
his second and Alex Auld stopped 31 shots for the Panthers
in a 5-4 loss to Anaheim on Tuesday. Florida has dropped
nine of its last 11 contests.
Buffalo is 17-6-3 at home all-time vs. the Panthers.