Don’t look now, but the Ottawa Senators have the night off tonight, and they are five points back behind the Sabres in the Northeast. A loss tonight sets the Sens up for a win Thursday, and the Sabres lead in the division could dwindle down to 3.
But lets not get too ahead of ourselves, up first is an important visit to Pittsburgh. Two games hosted in Buffalo this year have seen some exciting and close hockey games. The teams have split the decisions so far. Pittsburgh is coming into tonights game after defeating the Red Wings – the Sabres are on pace for three in a row coming out of their road trip. The Sabres would love to snap the road skid they are on right now.
The Sabres offense has been relying heavily on the tandem of Tim Connolly and Thomas Vanek. Although Connolly’s career high streak was snapped at 16 against the Devils, he tallied an assist in Beantown to keep pace with a career year by the often injured center. Thomas Vanek has turned it on as of late, with ten points in his last 11 games.
Fluery vs. Miller is always a matchup to behold, and after a West Coast trip that saw a slip in Miller’s numbers, now that he is back on the East coast he is returning to his Vezina style play.
Despite having RJ back calling the game, Sabres fans will be forced to go radio only to here him call the game, as Versus will broadcast this game. I miss Rick when the games go Versus, but if it gives me a break from Harry, well then I guess I can go without Rick one more night.
Faceoff is at seven, and a healthy Sabres lineup rolls into Pittsburgh to take on a team that has a few notable injuries. Talbot missed Sunday’s game against the Red Wings with a groin injury, and Kunitz is working his way back towards the lineup after having abdominal surgery. Godard is also out an extended period of time with a groin injury.
Tags: Buffalo Evgeni Malkin Godard Groin Hockey Injury Kunitz Marc-andre Fluery Northeast Division Ottawa Penguins Period Pittsburgh Ryan Miller Sabres Senators Sidney Crosby Stanley Cup Stanley Cup Playoffs Talbot