Sabres Gamenight: New York Islanders


You’ll have to excuse the lack of graphics in today’s post, technical difficulties prevent me from adding them. 

If Tuesday’s game against Detroit was a test of this team’s mettle to compete against the top teams in the league, then tonights contest is an even bigger test.  It happens to Buffalo every season – they start hot and roll over even the best of teams.  Ego’s get big, and then a doormat team comes in to steal the teams thunder. 

The Sabres are famous for allowing that to happen, and it takes them several games to regain the momentum they had before having a mini collapse.  While toppling Detroit in a 6-2 rout looks impressive despite Detroits lackadasial start – it will only look better if the Sabres can continue this streak and take what could be a very easy four points against the Islanders and Thrashers. 

The Islanders are an always embarrassment in the league, coming in to tonights contest with an 0-1-3 record.  Last season against the basement dwelling Isles the Sabres were only 2-2.  The Sabres will have to get over their ME complex if they are going to win tonight. 

Atlanta comes into town with a little bit of a better record, with a 2-1-0 start, but owned the Sabres last season. 

My prediction is the Sabres, who lead the league in several offensive and defensive categories are going to end up 0-1-1. 

This weekends matchup’s are not without reunion.  The Islanders will have a former Sabre tending the crease, though it has not been released which one.  Dwayne Roloson or Marty Biron could be staring down a now potent and verified Sabres offense. 

Atlanta boasts the return of Maxim Afinogenov, who is starting fresh after many stale years in Buffalo.  He would most likely enjoy getting his first goal on his new start against the team that parted ways with him this past summer. 

While as a fan I hope the Sabres can continue their winning ways, the realistic side of me is leaning a lot on history.