There will be no kicking this dog while its down. Despite having no luck resolving off ice issues surrounding the team, the on ice Pheonix Coyotes know there is a job to be done. Another victim of the unbalanced schedule, after almost a full week of hockey being played, the Coyotes won their second game of two this season, defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins last night, 3-0 in Pittsburgh.
This could spell trouble for the Buffalo Sabres, trying to rebound after a five day break between games. The Sabres last game was very one sided, with the Sabres owning the first period, and then allowing Montreal to dictate in periods three and four. The home Sabres fans were treated to an almost perfect Montreal away game. Buffalo cannot fall into the trap tonight.
A sidebar of tonights game is the player(s) playing for a roster spot. And I am not talking about keeping one. A healthy veteran Adam Mair is awaiting action on the sidelines, and with the stellar play of some young prospects, without an injury to make the decision easy, someone is going to play themselves off the roster.
Last night the ‘yotes met a very lackadaisial team in Pittsburgh, who never seem to really get into the game. The Sabres key to success tonight is to come out the gates like they did against Montreal, but this time keep the foot on the gas.
Last season, the Sabres beat the Coyotes in both meetings by a combined score of 7-1. In Buffalo however, the ‘yotes are 5-1-0 since February of 2001.