The Buffalo Sabres have a problem with the Ottawa Senators. They have a similar problem with the Atlanta Thrashers. Atlanta comes to town tonight having a 6-0 record against the Sabres in the last six meetings.
The Sabres are looking to keep pace and continue a hot start to the season, which sees them at the top of the Northeast Division. Atlanta is looking to get back on track after the best start in franchise history. Lately the wheels have been coming off the wagon, and they find themselves outside of the playoff picture just about half way through the season.
The Sabres should have an easy night stopping the skid against Atlanta – given the horrible play of the Thrashers as of late. The team has not been able to come up with too many positives as of late. They are hoping that they can continue to beat the Sabres – in the hopes of sparking a win streak to get them back into the playoff picture.
Look for Derek Roy to return to the lineup. The Sabres have not missed him since losing him to injury, but it always helps when you have an uninjured lineup. Another thing to watch for if your a Sabres fan is how Stafford responds to his benching the further we get away from it. Ryan Miller looks to return to his crease to try and erase the difficult memory of a tough game against Pittsburgh where Patrick Lalime had to bail him out as the team came back from being down 3-0 to winning 4-3.
Taking a look at former Sabres winger Max Afinogenov, and with no surprise he is a -2, but does have 13 goals and 35 points on the year. He did score in the last meeting between these two teams.
This is the lone game scheduled for this evening; with the Boston and Philly Winter Classic dominating the day schedule, the rest of the league watches.
Tags: Atlanta Thrashers Boston Bruins Buffalo Sabres Derek Roy Drew Stafford Hockey Lindy Ruff Maxim Afinogenov NHL Patick Lalime Philadelphia Flyers Pittsburgh Penguins Ryan Miller Stanley Cup Playoffs Winter Classic