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PreGame Skate: Washington Capitals

In the grand scheme of things, the Columbus Blue Jackets last night taught the Buffalo Sabres a lesson in military history and physics last night.  Sabres stand no match to cannons.  A team that started out the year with an abysmal record because of chemistry issues and injuries took full advantage of a team that is taking a step back in the standings because of injuries and chemistry issues.  In order to shake off the loss from last night and get back on the winning track, the Buffalo Sabres will be forced to do it at home against the Washington Capitals.

Injuries and callups are the main story for the Buffalo Sabres.  The blue line took another hit and the Sabres will skate without Robyn Regehr tonight.  He will join Tyler Myers in the press box, leaving the defensive corp without its top two stars, leaving Erhoff and Leopold as the only veterans, playing along side first and second year pro’s.  From the Sabres website:

Buffalo’s infirmary is a very crowded place. Tyler Ennis (ankle), Ryan Miller (concussion), Mike Weber (upper body), and Tyler Myers (wrist) are all on IR while Brad Boyes, Cody McCormick, and Patrick Kaleta were out of the lineup on Friday in Columbus with various injuries.

Tonight’s opponent has not been immune to problems this season.  The Washington Capitals despite their fast start have taken a nose dive the past couple of weeks in month number two of the season, coming back down to earth after a 7-0-0 start.

The recent slump the Sabres are on have dropped them down to the ninth spot in the Eastern Conference, and are now among the bubble teams that are fighting to be in the playoff hunt.  The Capitals don’t have much of a lead on the bubble teams with as close of a battle as the Eastern Conference teams.  Five points separates the Pittsburgh Penguins from the Buffalo Sabres, the Western Conference matchups are similarily tight, with only four points separating first from ninth.

It is a 7PM start tonight, and MSG is carrying the game.

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We all know how the Buffalo Sabres are fairing with the rash of injuries – needing to deplete their AHL roster of stars in order to try and remain competitive in the NHL.  A quick look at the AHL standings has the Amerks sitting in seventh place, with a very similar last ten games record as the parent club, with Rochester winning 6 of their last ten, Sabres victors in five, with points in six.  For more on the Amerks you can check out more of Andrews work or check out Lets Go Amerks, a site dedicated to the Rochester Americans.

Tags: Alex Ovechkin Buffalo Sabres Game Night Injury Rochester Americans Ryan Miller Jhonas Enroth Washington Capitals

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