The stage is set for the Buffalo Sabres to make up some ground on the playoff teams in front of them, given the run the team has been on since the last time they faced the Florida Panthers.
Let me take you back to December a little bit, and remind you that the last time we played the Florida Panthers, things were not looking so bright, and the Panthers reminded us of that, scoring ten goals against us in two games – chasing Ryan Miller from the net in one of them.
A win tonight against the lowly Florida Panthers would spark many things. For one, it would be the first time all season that the Buffalo Sabres were able to win three games in a row all season. This will be the eighth attempt at chaining three in a row, and so far we are 0-7. A win also puts us two points closer to the final playoff spot – a goal the Sabres have been chasing all year. The Florida Panthers seem like an easy opponent for that task, given the fact that the team has not been able to win at “home” recently, going 0-5 in their last five home games.
With the break after the Tampa game, expect Ryan Miller to remain in net, starting his 30th straight game. I fully anticipate him to surpass his personal high of 34 games; and given who his backup goaltender is, I would not be surprised if he is given the opportunity to make a run at Gerry Desjardins record set back in the mid seventies.
One thing I don’t agree with is holding Kaleta out of the lineup for the sake of the team playing well, and Lindy not wanting to disrupt the chemistry. I think Kaleta brings a facet to the game that the Sabres need, and there is no one on the team that is going to bring it.