40 Year Old Virgins

Tonight, at the base of Washington Street, in the heart of downtown Buffalo – two forty year old virgins will do battle.

If the Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks were going to do any joint celebrating for their 40th anniversaries, tonight would be the night.  Wouldn’t it be awesome if the Canucks came out in their dark vintages sweaters – and the Sabres donned the home “whites” for tonights game?

If you have followed the jump, that means you either really want to read more about tonights game, which starts at 7 PM and pits the 10-4-2 Vancouver Canucks versus the 6-9-3 Buffalo Sabres.  Or, you don’t get the first line and want me to explain the whole forty year old virgin line.  Neither team it its 40 years has won the Stanley Cup.

I can just see the story lines and what a great advertising claim for the NHL would be if these two teams squared off against one another for the Stanley Cup.

Buffalo has gotten to the finals twice in forty years, as have the Canucks, but neither member of the class of 1970 has been able to lift the most prized possession in hockey.  Unlike the Sabres, the Canucks existed as a franchise before the NHL, winning six championships as a member of the WHL and PCHL.

The Buffalo Sabres are going to look to double up the number of home game wins this year, having been the last team in the league to accomplish winning just one at home, battling the Washington Capitals the other night for almost 64 minutes when Thomas Vanek flipped his star power on and danced his way to the prettiest goal so far this year.

The Sabres are going to need that same never give up mentality that they took into the game against the Capitals – where they dug for every puck, won battles and didn’t back down from a much more talented team.  Much to their credit, that is where the Sabres have always traditionally done better, they play the better teams well and come out with a win, and then play down to lesser opponents and give up games.  Maybe thats what they have going for them tonight.

It’s only November, but I am always thinking about these two teams sharing the role of hockey’s forty year old virgin – and who is going to shed the title first.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the Buffalo Sabres paid tribute to Lindy Ruff coaching his 1,000th game on November 10th.  While this is the second game at home since then, the Sabres took the opportunity to honor Mike Grier Saturday night for his 1,000 game played.  Congratulations to both Mike Grier and Lindy for their longevity and their contributions to the game.

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Tags: 1970 Anniversary Buffalo Sabres Forty Year Old Virgin Forty Years Lindy Ruff Mike Grier Steve Carell Vancouver Canucks

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