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Panthers' Dineen impressed by Sabres' surge

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Sabres 9-2-3 in their last 14 games. Their former minor-league coach has noticed.

Buffalo visits the Panthers tonight, and Florida coach Kevin Dineen figures his division-leading club is in for a "growly" game.

“For me, there’s some pride there," said Dineen, who coached the Sabres' prospects in Portland. "I see Tyler Ennis and Corey Tropp having ... the games I watched, those players have played very  well lately. Their usual go-to guys are also stepping up their game, the [Drew] Stafford, [Thomas] Vanek and [Derek] Roy are playing a stiff brand of hockey, and it probably starts in goaltending where Ryan [Miller] really looks at this as a challenge and he’s been a hard guy to beat the last two weeks here.

"Obviously, they’ve done a very good job for 59 and a half minutes and they’ve had a couple of goals scored late on them, which will make for a bit of a growly team coming in."

---John Vogl

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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