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An early look at Sabres and Coyotes

By John Vogl

PHOENIX -- This is the Sabres' last-ever game against the Phoenix Coyotes -- because the team is becoming the Arizona Coyotes next season. Here are some other notes heading into the game.

*Phoenix is 15-8-3 at home while the Sabres are 5-15-3 on the road.

*The Coyotes will start goaltender Thomas Greiss, the backup to Mike Smith who is 7-3-1 with a 2.00 goals-against average and .935 save percentage. Greiss has never faced the Sabres but is 1-0-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average and .956 save percentage in 2 games versus East opponents.

*The Sabres' goalie will be determined at the morning skate, which begins at 1:30 p.m. Buffalo time. Ryan Miller is 5-0-0 in his career against the Coyotes, with a 0.98 goals against average and a .966 save percentage, his best career numbers against any team.

*Neither team is hot. The Coyotes are 4-5-1 in their last 10, while the Sabres are 2-4-4.

*The Sabres are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games versus the Coyotes and 6-4-0 in the last 10 in Arizona. The Sabres have won their last three games in Phoenix, with the last loss coming Jan. 21, 2008.

*Phoenix averages 2.8 goals per game and gives up 2.9. The Sabres average 1.8 and allow 2.8.

*The Coyotes' home power play ranks sixth in the league while their penalty-kill unit is a lowly 28th.

*The forecast for Phoenix is sunny and 73. Buffalo calls for a high of 25.

*Radim Vrbata will play in his 400th career game with the Coyotes tonight.

*Keith Yandle ranks second among NHL defensemen in home scoring with four goals and 23 points in 26 games. He is three assists from tying Phil Housley (195) for sixth place on the franchise’s defensemen assists list.

*Phoenix's all-time assists list: 1. Thomas Steen: 553; 2. Dale Hawerchuk: 550; 3. Shane Doan: 500; 4. Teppo Numminen: 426.

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John Vogl

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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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