One last sixty minute contest to go before the Buffalo Sabres get a nine day rest period while the rest of the league entertains thoughts of All Star glory.
In their last twelve games, the Buffalo Sabres are 8-3-1. We are not winning more than two in a row, but at least the losing streaks are shorter lived than the winning streaks.
The Buffalo Sabres have the Ottawa Senators right where they want them in the playoff race, out of the picture. While it won’t take much for us to be in the same boat, it would suffice to say that there is no saving hockey in Ottawa after the All Star Game.
Don’t be surprised if the Buffalo Sabres lose this game. It would bring them back to .500 – which is what they have been playing at all year. They are also playing a doormat team, and we have an uncanny knack of playing down to our opponents, and making them look really, really, good.
The easiest way for the Buffalo Sabres to find a win tonight against the Ottawa Senators is to treat them like the New York Islanders – at least in the game we beat them – get on the board early, step on their throat and don’t let off the gas. While the Senators have only won one game in recent history, they are coming off embarrassing losses – and they are playing a team in Buffalo that they always seem to get up for.
The Sabres have been doing surprisingly well – and its come at a surprise given the Sabres are working without leading goal scorer Derek Roy. While Ryan Miller can be given some of the credit for the rise back into the mix, he can be playing better. The Sabres powerplay, and rookie’s have been key to success as well, as Nathan Gerbe and Tyler Ennis have been finding the scoresheet more and more.
I still stand by my statements about Gerbe that I made in an earlier article – the Sabres have too many streaky players on the roster already. Gerbe is just another in the long line of players that take too many games off – you love to have him on the roster when he is performing, but all to often is he missing in action, literally.