So far the Boston Bruins have had the number of the Buffalo Sabres, outscoring them 8-4 so far, and going 2-0 against the Blue and Gold this year.
Busy times are ahead in Buffalo, with all the snow we have been getting, the Sabres continue to struggle on the schedule to stay above .500 and get into playoff position. The World Juniors are scheduled to take place shortly after the holiday season concludes. For a market that thrives on lots of hockey, there is a lot of hockey to be had.
Both the Sabres and the Bruins are looking to get two points after suffering losses. The last time on the ice for both teams resulted in a loss, Philadelphia beat Boston, and the Penguins smoked the Sabres.
The Sabres are looking to get Drew Stafford, Tim Connolly, and Rob Niedermayer back on the ice soon. Stafford and Connolly are just day to day, and are questionable for tonight. Niedermayer just got back on the ice Monday – so its doubtful he is back up to game speed for tonight. According to Paul Hamilton on WGR550 – all three are expected to be back in the lineup. I am excited about seeing two of the three get back to work – and will be more excited if they can come back to work and help the starving offense win some games. Reliance on Ryan Miller this year is only going to get you so far. Tim Connolly can remain in the press box for all I care. Maybe we can let him get on the ice for a few games, let him score a couple of goals, and then just maybe we can trade him for a fifth round pick or something.
Niedermayer needs to do a lot more when he returns. The only player on the Sabres roster with a Stanley Cup, and he has 0 goals and six assists so far on the season.
Drew Stafford has five goals and five assists, but was expected by many to be much more of an offensive threat. The clock is ticking on Drew Stafford.
The jury must still be out on Nathan Gerbe, as his first full year with the parent club has netted no goals and five assists – and many games I am left wondering if he even ever made it out on the ice. He is definitely not a top six forward, and is too small to play on the third and fourth line. I am sure the Portland Pirates would love to have him back as a regular.
The Sabres entertain the Bruins tonight. I would like to be able to watch the entire game, but if the Sabres can’t manage to get up for a game against a division rival, I might just relinquish control of the remote to my two year old and suffer through watching Disney movies for the tenth time of the day. The Sabres may not have to deal with Tim Thomas – as it looks like Tuuka Rask might get the nod for the B’s tonight. Rask is 4-1 against the Sabres.