With some talk of expansion and realignment – the Sabres should consider petitioning the league to send them to the Western Conference for the first time in the history of the team. With last nights win over Chicago the team improved to 6-0 against Western foes.
Ok, enough cloud 9 talk, the Sabres have an Eastern Conference foe tonight, in a huge 4 point game. The last time the Sabres faced the Rangers, they were shutout by the play of Lundqvist – a goalie the Sabres rarely are able to figure out for all but a minute of their contest about eight days ago. The Sabres will have a well rested Ryan Miller, whom had his rare night off – and does not have to come back on the ice thinking he has to pull the team back up, as Pat Lalime was able to bring a win to the table. Wow, a lot of rarities happening in the City of Hockey lately.
If the league wanted to do a special on the Northeast Division leader this year, they could easily call it Trading Places – as the Sabres and Bruins alternate the top spot on any given night. The Rangers on the other hand really only have the win over Buffalo to gloat about lately, as they have dropped to 10th in the East.
What scares me about tonights game is the opponent, not because they are a hot team like the last two the Sabres have played, but because they are a .500 team, and the Sabres confidence is a high right now, a recipe for the boys in Blue and Gold to play down to their opponent, in the hopes that the win will come easily.
While the Sabres have one game in hand on the Bruins, who are just one point back – the Bruins face off against the Islanders tonight. The Sabres can take matters into their own hands by winning – but could use the help of an Islander’s win over the Bruins to help pad their lead in the Northeast.
Tags: Boston Bruins Buffalo Henrik Lundqvist Hockey Islanders New York NHL Northeast Division Patrick Lalime Pominville Rangers Ryan Miller Sabres Stanley Cup Stanley Cup Playoffs Thomas Vanek Trading Places