Everyone knows the Sabres are desperate for a win and hopefully they will find a way to get one tonight. Unfortunately, the Sabres have struggled to find wins against the Atlanta Thrashers. Last year the Sabres split the series against the Thrashers 2 to 2; however the Sabres needed extra time to sneak out their 2 victories.
As I mentioned previously, lines are going to be shaken up to create more offensive depth. WGR550 reported yesterday that Ennis will be playing along side of Niedermayer and Grier to create a spark on offense. Although Niedermayer and Grier aren’t usually looked upon for offense, the Sabres are hoping to get scoring from anyone at this point. Vanek, who is typically the go to guy on offense has still yet to find twine and all of Buffalo is hoping that he’ll break his slump tonight.
As for injuries, Jason Pominville and Shaone Morrisonn are still out of the lineup. Fortunately for the Sabres both are progressing and Pominville actually made the trip to Atlanta for the game. Butler will remain the replacement for Morrisonn and the only healthy scratch for tonight is the rookie Mike Weber.
Atlanta’s Ondrej Pavelec also returned to the ice after a fainting spell found him unconscious at the beginning of the season. He will remain out of the lineup while he recovers from a concussion from the incident. With Pavelec out, Chris Mason will get the nod in net. Mason is 0 and 3 against the Sabres with a dismal 5.12 GAA in those 3 games.
Let’s all hope the Sabres break their slump tonight. The Chicago game was promising, but they still haven’t been able to play a complete game since their opening night game against Ottawa. The puck drops at 7 in Atlanta.