The Sabres continue the push towards the playoffs tonight sitting on the outside looking in once again. Three points out of eighth spot, it is going to get increasingly more difficult to gain ground, with the advent of the three point game. The Sabres can do well to improve their chances tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes.
The last time these two teams met the Sabres blanked the Coyotes 2-0, but that was before trade deadline day. Rosters look a little bit different now, and while Phoenix is down on the list, they are still only seven points out of a playoff spot, a hot streak at the right time could have them in the playoffs, if they can keep ice in Arizona in June.
Dominic Moore should make his Buffalo Sabres debut tonight, as of this mornings skate he still did not have appropriate work documentation. Lindy Ruff expects it to be done by game time, and if so, Moore will play. Coyote’s fans in Buffalo (I don’t think there are any, hell you’d be hard pressed to find a Coyote’s fan in Arizona) won’t get to see their former backup goalie play, as Lindy Ruff will continue to roll with Patrick Lalime, who has been playing like a number one goalie since the Sabres lost Ryan Miller. Getting a win under his belt will do nothing more than improve his confidence. (Lindy take note – when your backup goalie plays more, they perform better).