While it could be easy to say that the Sabres can use this as a rebound game off their miserable play in Washington before the break, Ottawa is going to be looking for the same type of retribution. While Buffalo was being skated over in Washington, Pittsburgh was putting an 8-2 clinic on the Sens.
I am sure that neither coach left their players with tidings of good joy before the break.
This is the first meeting between the teams at HSBC Arena, but the third in the Season. So far the Sens are a not surprising 2-0 in the season series. The Sabres are hoping to change those misfortunes tonight as well. Offensive woes have been a big area of concern for the Sabres against the Sens, being outscored 7-3 in those two games in Canada. The Sens offense has cooled off a little bit, so the Sabres just need to spark theirs to get going on a roll.
Just 24 games left until the Olympic break. The Sabres will have to be on their best game if they hope to stay on top of the Northeast Division. As of right now, they have a four point lead. Fortunately they still have games in hand against everyone except the danger close Boston Bruins.
Toronto faces off against Montreal tonight – so the Sabres picking up two points tonight is fairly important.