Quick, someone walk into HSBC Arena, hawk something up on the new carpet in the locker room and get the team pissed off. Better yet, walk in and tell Nathan Gerbe he’s too small to be a contender in the NHL. Let Thomas Vanek know that he will never be good enough to lead this team to a Stanley Cup. Tell Ryan Miller that Jhonas Enroth will be fighting That is exactly what it may take to get this team on the right page when it comes to beating the Florida Panthers tonight.
The Sabres have a very bad tendency of playing a style of play against their opponent fitting to their standings. We can spot the Flyers two goals and come back to beat the best team in the Eastern Conference, but we let the golf bound Panthers walk all over us. The Sabres have a team that is not only down and out playing hockey for fun at this time of the year with no playoff ambitions, so it should be an easy two points we can add to the column and further put the Carolina Hurricanes in our rear view mirror. I am really hoping that the Sabres can be far enough ahead of the Canes so that when we meet them on April 3rd, they have nothing to play for.
The Sabres are coming off probably their most energizing win of the year, a 2-0 Nathan Gerbe win over the Montreal Canadiens. The Boston Bruins stole a little bit of our thunder last night by crushing the heart of Habs Nation 7-0. Not the type of outcome that the Canadiens were hoping in a rematch against the division leaders. If this was Sesame Street, I would have to say that todays post is brought to you by the Number 0, because of all the talk about shutouts that I will be doing.
If the Sabres are still seething over the loss to Nashville on Sunday, then they could easily blank the Florida Panthers tonight, as the Panthers are coming off two straight shutout losses (131 minutes without a goal). The Panthers offense does tend to have a feild day against the Sabres however, having scored 12 goals against us in three meetings. Thankfully for the Sabres, all three of those meeting came before the trade deadline, when the Panthers went on a firesale.
While the Panthers are preparing for the golf course after April 10th, they are still not officially out of it. But they can only lose once more in the rest of the regular season to still have a chance. The Sabres can put the team on the brink of missing the playoffs for the tenth straight season – a streak that we are very familiar with having the Buffalo Bills around.