Finally after 2 long weeks and a sloppy road game in Pittsburgh hockey fills the HSBC arena again. Ryan Miller makes his debut following an MVP performance in the Olympics. It is no surprise the roof will blow off the hinges when Miller is introduced and likely given a small ceremony for his Silver Medal Achievement. Miller gets no real rest though as he will face the leagues best team and the always dangerous Alex Ovechkin. Buffalo can still regain the division point lead with a win as Ottawa lost last night as well.
The Sabres will soon have a small new look when Raffi Torres makes his debut assumably in the team’s next game. With Gaustad hurt and McArthur making his long awaited exit the Sabres do have a void to fill tonight. It would be assumed Derek Roy will be leaned on more for Center and faceoff duties; while many fans wanted to see Roy or Tallinder or both moved it did not happen but if we need to find a positive it would be Roy has 6 goals in the last 8 games including 1 last night. My only concern is Roy’s maturity after watching him run to the bench and dance when he scored his goal but was not immediately counted, play was still going on and I understand he thought he scored but come on everyone knows you play till the whistle blows regardless.
At any rate there’s some reason to look forward to the rest of the season, we got a new high scorer with good potential, dropped some dead weight and of course a very determined Ryan Miller. I believe with the Olympic pressures behind him and the disappointment Miller has shown in not winning gold he will be very focused and determined to bring the cup home.
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