I was thinking about today as I mentally prepared to type this article out, I have picked the Sabres to lose every game so far on this wonderful winning streak. Sounds pretty homerific – keep picking the Sabres to lose so you can say, “see, I told ya!” Luckily thats not the case.
There is little doubt in my mind that the Sabres have the ability to win tonights game against Ottawa, but I am going to go on the record one more time to say they are going to lose this game. I am not the only one to say it either, well in so many words that is, here is Lindy’s take on playing Ottawa:
“I haven’t found a good time to play Ottawa”.
It’s not that the guys don’t want to win these games, the Sens just seem to have their number. Even last year when Ottawa finished behind the Sabres they dominated the season series.
The Sabres do have a few things going for them tonight:
Derek Roy is on scoring on a pretty good clip right now, as he is on a point a game pace over the last nine games.
Pat Kaleta, wow, who the hell would think I would be talking about Pat Kaleta and a goal streak – anyways, South Buffalo’s own has three goals in the last two games, two of them shorthanded. I say let the kid continue to open his game up. I don’t see him scoring 20 this season, but you never know where he might end up in the future.
Ryan Miller will be in the pipes tonight, and I can’t say that the last two starts he had were anything spectacular, but they were still wins. He still leads the league with an impressive and always lowering 1.88 goals against, a .937 save percentage, and is tied for the league lead in shutouts with 4 this season. The Sabres haven’t been able to say Vezina and Hart together in the same sentence in a very long time.
The Sabres won’t have to worry about Spezza, Neil, or goaltender Pascal Leclaire, all out with injuries. Fisher, Foligno and Kovalev are all hot on the puck right now though and look to give the stingy Sabres defense a run for their money.
There are two other games of interest tonight – Montreal faces New Jersey and Toronto looks to continue to push upwards in the standings against Pheonix. Toronto is now two points below the playoff race, and Montreal is looking to hold on to the final playoff spot.
Faceoff tonight is 7:30 for the Sabres and Senators.
Tags: Boston Bruins Buffalo Chris Neil Derek Roy Injuries Jason Spezza Montreal Canadiens NHL Nick Foligno Northeast Division Ottawa Pascal Leclaire Pat Kaleta Ryan Miller Sabres Senators South Buffalo Stanley Cup Toronto Maple Leafs