Turn down your televisions and turn up your radios, tonights contest is a Versus game, and you can only hear Buffalo’s favorite Rick Jeannerete on the radio tonight. The Buffalo Sabres are set to host the Anaheim Ducks tonight, the second meeting of these clubs this season.
Coincidentally, the last time these two team played, Patrick Lalime started the game. The situation is a little different as the Sabres will be continuing the push to the playoffs without Ryan Miller. If the Sabres can play in front of Lalime, and hold onto a playoff spot, Miller could be back, well rested for the playoffs. However, the trade deadline is only eight days away, and they do not have a lot of time to figure this out.
The Sabres are playing another team a litte down on their luck lately, with the Ducks going 2-3 in their last five, losing to Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Detroit in that stretch. The Sabres will need to keep Scott Niedermayer off the score sheet, as he has 14 points in his last 14 games.
Another key to tonights game will be proving some toughness. Tbe Sabres have been struggling with this concept of being called soft since Ryan Miller went down, and will need to prove that they won’t be pushed around by everyone in the league. Anaheim will be buzzing the crease, as toughness has been their forte. If the Ducks can continue to buzz the crease unabated, the Sabres need to mail it in.
Lindy Ruff said this morning on WGR 550 that they do not think they need to change how this team plays – if thats the case, players need to make sure they are taking care of each other.