Sabres Gamenight: Montreal Canadiens

The temperature keeps dropping in Buffalo as it has a tendency of doing this time of the year.  Folks in Buffalo plan trips to the Artic circle this time of the year as temperatures there are usually warmer in the winter than in Western New York. 

Despite the mercury and snow falling around them, the Sabres look to continue their hotter than normal play.  With the fewest games played in the Eastern Conference, (tied with 13th Place Philadelphia with 30) – the Sabres are comfortably in the top 8 teams, but with only a slight advantage on the rest of their division foes. 

The Sabres have a chance to pad their division lead tonight, against a Montreal Canadiens team who is looking for two points to help keep them in the top 8.  So far this year, the Habs have split the season series with the Sabres, the last being a Sabres 6-2 win.  Games north of the Canadien border have not faired well for the Sabres though, as they are 2-7 in their last 9 trips North. 

I like the Sabres odds in this game however, as Miller will be trying to improve on a victory that saw him pretty shaky in the net to start things out.  Despite a shaky start to that game, he still leads the league with a 1.83 goals against. 

The Canadiens are feeling some of the bottom dwelling teams nipping at their heels, as a two game losing streak has New York, Florida, and Tampa Bay within striking distance of the centennial team.   

It could very well come down to the men in the masks again as a goaltending battle will likely decide the outcome of this game.  The key for the Sabres will be to attack hard and fast, and continue to put up a large number of shots against a Montreal team that likes to give up a lot of shots. 

The Sabres have an uncanny knack for flashing greatness and then falling mightily.  If it weren’t for the whole oxygen being required for living, I am holding my collective breath waiting for the recent glimpse at first place to start to crumble. 

I love the Sabres, but they are not a very gritty team, and thats the way games tend to get as it nears closer and closer to April.  The Sabres play a more European style of play – relying on team defense and finesse plays.  Keeping it simple for them will lead to more wins. 

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