October is behind us, and the Buffalo Sabres are settled into seventh place in the Eastern Conference. After a hot start that had them leading the Eastern Conference at the start of the season, the Sabres find themselves amongst the bubble team searching for answers to crawl back upwards towards the top of the standings. It shouldn’t take them long to get their, the point differential is not that far off in the early stages of the season. A mere three games stand between them and the top seeded Pittsburgh Penguins. Their position in the standings is something that needs to be addressed prior to the end of the calender year. One of the hottest teams in the league since the start of 2011, can you imagine how much higher in the standings we would have finished had the first three months of last season ended differently. Enough rear view mirror talk, whats in the past is in the past. The future is where we need to be looking.With October came the Hockey Fights Cancer campaign, as across the nation sports leagues and individuals alike do many things to fight breast cancer. Pink is the official color of all teams throughout the month. Its now prostate cancers turn, and for fans, this month has turned into a cult following, as men across the nation stand behind their teams and grow moustaches in support of raising money for the research and treatment of prostate cancer. Movember is the unofficial official term for the month, and there is one NHL goalie that is shedding his all black helmet in support of the cancer research effort. What will Anaheims Jonas Hiller be wearing this month instead of the all black helmet we all saw in Europe?
For the Buffalo Sabres, their eyes are on the schedule and look to improve their record in the standings. Away from the First Niagara Center they are near perfect at home they are near dreadful. A major issue that needs to be addressed as 9 fo the Sabres 14 games are in the unfriendly confines of the FN Center. November brings some old foes, some new faces, and some heated rivals to the Sabres schedules. The Winnipeg Jets play the Buffalo Sabres for the first time in November, and the schedule also has us playing Ottawa, Philadelphia, Calgary, Boston. Montreal, New Jersey, Carolina, Phoenix, Columbus, Washington, and the New York Islanders.
First up is the Philadelphia Flyers tomorrow night. Join us on Twitter and on our Live Game Chat right here on Sabrenoise.com. Chatroom is open to all and will be available at about 7 PM, 30 minutes prior to faceoff.