If misery loves company, than the Buffalo Sabres must have a full house. What started as a bad stretch out West – has turned into a free fall that has the Buffalo Sabres holding on to the slimmest of margins in the Northeast Division. If the Sabres don’t pull out of this downward spiral during tonights game – they could find themselves outside of first place as the hotter than hell Senators are playing the lowly Leafs.
The last time Buffalo played Columbus, the Sabres left the arena reeling from a 6-1 rout.
Ryan Miller will get a rare night off, after having started 12 games in a row, and not having a night off since before the West coast swing. Miller was supposed to hav a night off out West, but when Lalime was yanked, Miller’s rest was interuppted.
The Sabres are not in jeopardy of losing a playoff spot, but they are in danger of controlling their own destiny. A loss tonight coupled with an Ottawa win could have the Sabres looking up at the Senators.
Ryan Miller has not been exactly to blame for the losing streak, but the number of goals he has allowed over this stretch aren’t anywhere near the Olympic necessary numbers he put up in the first portion of the season.
Columbus has quite the distance to go before they will be even able to sniff at the playoffs, but with interim head coach Claude Noel – who knows. With Hitchcock out, the Blue Jackets are 1-0.
The Sabres hope that streaky Tim Connolly continues his amazing play on the ice – joined by the surgence of Derek Roy and Thomas Vanek, the Sabres need some potential offensive help if they want to succeed in the playoffs.
Since returning to the ice, Sekera has been an offensive defensemen, scoring in back to back games, and registering three points against Carolina in a 4-3 Sabres loss.