Tonight, the Buffalo Sabres play in New Jersey in a game against the New Jersey Devils. The Sabres skate into tonight with many players on their roster facing media attention to the tune of soft, struggling, slumping, and injured. You can pretty much say that about everyone on the Buffalo Sabres lineup when it comes to anyone of those three words. Having said that however, they have regained first place in the division, and are nestled into second place in the conference, three points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins. So maybe, its not all that bad after all?
Back into the lineup tonight comes Tyler Myers. For the first time in his career the struggling defenseman and former Calder Trophy winner was a healthy scratch. Hopefully his one game in the press box will wake the young blue liner up and get him playing like he should be at this point in his career. Tyler Myers has the skill and the size to be a dominate force both offensively, and defensively in this league, but has struggled to put his game together since putting forth the rookie of the year campaign.
Ryan Miller continues to struggle with the injury he suffered after the hit from Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins. He will watch the game from the stands again as Jhonas Enroth leads the Sabres into battle once again. Enroth will be looking for his seventh win in seven starts this season, and remains unbeaten in overtime over the stretch of almost a complete calender year, dating back to November of 2010.
While Jochen Hecht has been cleared for contact, he will remain out of the lineup, joining Miller, Tyler Ennis (ankle), and Cody Mcormick (Illness) on the injured front.
The Buffalo lead over the Toronto Maple Leafs is only a point, the Leafs are idle, and a win could set the Sabres on the path to pulling away from the rest of the back. Montreal plays tonight against the Hurricanes, and despite the fact that the Habs are in last in the division, are only five points back from the Sabres. Ottawa is -3, and Boston is a -4.