The Sabres have a lot to play for as they host the Atlanta Thrashers tonight at the HSBC Arena. Out of thirty-two teams in the league, they are the only team left without a regulation loss. That means a point in every game. Good news for a team trying to make the playoffs for the first time since three sesaons ago. Even when the Sabres are at their best, sometimes its the worst teams that unseat them from running at a good clip. Tonights contest is no different.
Atlanta is not a perennial basement dweller, but there also not storming the top teams either. Unless they are playing the Sabres. The boys in blue and gold could not beat the powder blue birds from Atlanta, a trend that they hope to end tonight.
The Sabres also boast one of the best defenses so far, only allowing eight goals through the first five games. They are going to need a solid team effort on defense to keep Ilya Kovalachuck off the score sheet, as he is off to his best start in his career.
The Sabres need to continue to win now, the faster they can start, and the longer they can keep this run alive, the easier it will be for them to ease into the playoffs come April.