The Sabres entertain the Minnesota Wild tonight at HSBC Arena before embarking on a five game road trip. The Sabres are once again commanding their own destiny, retaking first place in the Northeast, and on a pretty good three game roll.
The Sabres will have to make it four in a row without Ryan Miller, as he will get a rare night off in order to play in his home state of Michigan when the Sabres travel to Detroit tomorrow.
The Sabres have outscored their opponents in this three game stretch 10-6, if they can find the balance between high octane offense and a tighter defense, this team will be ready for the post-season. In theory you could say the Sabres would clinch a playoff spot with tonights win, despite the possibility of missing the post season for a third straight year. The 9 -10-11 teams are all on pace for 82 points, a win tonight gives the Sabres 83.
The top two Sabres other than Ryan Miller – have been Thomas Vanek and, suprisingly Adam Mair during this recent three game winning streak. The Sabres are going to need their key players to start producing in order to be able to compete past April.
Minnesota comes to town on a four game skid, and well outside of the playoff picture.
A fast start will be key for the Sabres, Detroit was able to get up on the Wild on an early 3-0 first period, and the Wild were never able to recover. If the Sabres play their game; they should be able to send Minnesota packing shaking their heads.