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The week ahead: Feb 4 to 10

3 games on the list this week, all at home.

Game 10 - Sabres at Senators

The Sabres started of the season well enough with 2 wins, but then dropped 4 in a row (including the only wins for Carolina and Washington). They followed that up with a game where they made Tukka Rask look like a paper cut-out and handed Boston their first regulation loss of the season, before being slaughtered by Montreal.

Ryan Miller is posting the worst GAA he ever has as a starter, and matches his worst SV%. But he managed some spectacular performances in the first 3 games of the season, so you can never take him for granted.

Thomas Vanek leads the league in points, assists, and is 2nd in goals. He has been in more than 2 out of every 3 Buffalo goals despite missing a game. Contain him, and you take a big bite out of the Buffalo offense.

Game 11 - Hurricanes at Senators

There's not much to say about this one. Having faced the Hurricanes this past Friday, not much has changed in the 1 game each before this posting. The Sens will be a little more rested than last time without the back-to-back earlier in the week, the Canes a little less without the 3 day break beforehand.

It's difficult to guess who we'll face in net. Dan Ellis played a great game on Friday, but was pulled less than a minute into the 2nd period after allowing 4 goals on 12 shots the next day against Philadelphia. If Cam Ward starts against Toronto and puts in a strong performance, we may see him instead.

Oh - one more difference. The goal horn won't go off unless it's supposed to.

Game 12 - Jets at Senators

A rematch of the season opener! After that loss the Jets did pretty well for a few games, but took 3 losses in a row this past week, including an absolute slaughter at the hands of Tampa. Their PK is a disastrous last-place 59.3%, but almost every other basic team statistic falls within the middle 10 of the league.

Dustin Byfuglien has missed 2 games going into the week, and is listed as day-to-day. There's plenty of time for him to make it back into the lineup, but sometimes players spend quite awhile listed as day-to-day - only time will tell.

Ondrej Pavelec has yet to put in an average performance. It's either spectacular (against Boston, Washington and Pittsburgh), bad (Ottawa, Montreal and Florida) or downright disastrous (Tampa Bay). Al Montoya has just been bad in his backup role.

This FanPost was written by a member of the Silver Seven community, and does not necessarily reflect the beliefs or opinions of the site managers, editors, or Sports Blogs Nation, Inc.

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