For the Buffalo Sabres, the regular season starts this afternoon against a Western Conference foe, the Anaheim Ducks. Today’s game marks the start of a new era, the Terry Pegula era in Sabres history. Yes, I know he has been around for almost a full year now, but since February of this year, but we can chalk last season’s late success as a dress rehearsal for the real deal.
An off season of changes that have been heavily talked about, from internal changes to the arena, to player/personnel changes – to just the simple way of how this team operates on a day to day basis have made the buzz in Buffalo about the Buffalo Sabres reach a crescendo that has the league talking. Some of it good, some of it bad – with all the hype and craze, no one in Buffalo cares other than the fact that we have an owner willing to spend money on making this team a winner.
The start of the season this year features an NHL Premiere Series schedule that starts today in Helsinki, Finland against the Anaheim Ducks at the Hartwall Areena. I know I am leaving work at noon today in order to make it home in plenty enough time to catch the opening faceoff.
Tonights scratches include Mike Weber, Matt Ellis, and Jochen Hect. The team will be led onto the ice by Jason Pominville, the 16th full time captain in team history. This will be the first season opener that Jochen Hecht has missed since the lockout.
This is the 25th game all time between the two franchises, Buffalo holds the lead in the series 13-8-3.