The hill looks might steep. At at the bottom of the hill, is the Philadelphia Flyers, a team holding onto 4th playoff spot, and has been for awhile. The Flyers have dominated the Sabres this year, holding a 3-0 lead in the season series.
In order to help ease the tensions, the Sabres held a “fun” practice; to try and break the ice and get them playing like a cohesive winning team instead of a mess, which is what they have looked like for most of the year.
With just one win in their last five games, and three out of ten points, the Sabres will continue to ride the offensive of Vanek, Roy, and Pominville, each who have three points in the last three games. Patrick Lalime will take his place back in the crease after a much needed night off against the Senators.
The task is not an easy one though. Philadelphia’s only major problem is Danny Briere, who is pointless in his last four games since returning from injury. We all know Danny though, make the playoffs and somehow he manages to throw the switch.
The Sabres need two points, there is no doubt about it. A loss tonight is probably going to mean the final nail in the coffin, if comeback losses to both Ottawa and Atlanta weren’t enough to do it.
The key to tonights game, aside from winning is to stay out of the penalty box. In the last nine games the Sabres have been short-handed 52 times.