The Buffalo Sabres look to continue a road trip that has them taking four out of four possible points. They also look to continue their undefeated road streak. They look to do that tonight against the New Jersey Devils.
The biggest story-line of tonights game, and there is no pun inteded, is the six foot eight inch defensemen the Sabres have on their roster. This is the decision game for rookie prospect Tyler Myers. This is the last game the Sabres have to “evaluate” him before having to decide on sending him down to Kelowna. Myers has proven that he has the ability to play in the NHL. What it really will boil down to is the Sabres willingness to gamble. If the Sabres send Myers back to the Rockets, they save some time on the player before be hits free agency. If the Sabres allow him to stay up and play in the NHL, even for one more game, the time on his entry level deal starts.
Myers knows what is on the line, and so do his teammates. There is not much more he can do to win the hearts and minds of his mates and his coaches. His young career is ultimately in the hands of Darcy Regier.
It will probably be a matchup of future Hall of Famers, Martin Broduer, probably a first time ballot lock in net for the Devils, and Ryan Miller, a rising star in Buffalo – and a player who will continue to get better.