The Buffalo Sabres continue their first North American road trip with a stop in Montreal tonight to face the Montreal Canadiens.
So far this year, the road has been kind to the Buffalo Sabres, winning every contest away from the friendly confines of the First Niagara Center. Montreal is still trying to get their hockey legs underneath them, only able to muster one win, and points in two of their games. The season is early, but if the Canadiens want to have any hope in the Northeast, they are going to have to start putting some points in the W column.
The Buffalo Sabres early success has come from all points on the ice. While defensive lapses and soft goals have kept opponents in the game, offense was not something that was supposed to click the way hit has. Buffalo was anticipated as being a team that relied on a defensive posture, with much of their salary cap locked up in their back end. A solid blue line and a goaltending tandem was supposed to be the way through Hockey Heaven. Don’t tell that to Thomas Vanek and Luke Adam. Don’t tell Luke Adam that he wasn’t supposed to make the game day roster. Had everyone been healthy, Jochen Hecht would have made the opening day cuts, and Adam would have probably served time in Rochester. I think at this point, hell at any point this year, Lindy would be hard pressed to take Adam out of the lineup. I don’t care if the kid does hit a slump, you can’t take him out of the lineup. We haven’t seen a prospect play this well since, holy crap, are we seriously seeing another Calder Trophy in the making? Vanek leads the team in scoring with 3 goals and 7 points, Adam is right behind him with 3 goals and 6 points.
If Luke Adam continues to shine and assist the Sabres offense is being as potent as it is, I would not doubt that the kid be considered for top rookie honors, and challenge for the award. Lets not get ahead of ourselves though, were four games in.
Jhonas Enroth also made an early season appearance, helping the Sabres defeat a Pittsburgh Penguins team for the first time in a long time, not only against the opponent, but in the Steel City.
This is game one in the best of six season series between divisional foes. Last season the Sabres split the season series with the Canadiens, but was only outscored 12-11 last year in that series.
After the game with Montreal, the Sabres head south for their annual Florida road trip. If we are going to see more of the Buffalo Sabres backup goalie this year, I would anticipate Enroth starting in one of the games in Florida.