Momentum. I can be defined as the force or speed of movement, as of a physical object or course of events. For the Buffalo Sabres, last night against the Montreal Canadiens was the first sense of momentum since before Christmas.
Strike that. Lets not call it momentum yet. The Sabres have won three games in a row for the first time in a very long time. Thats not momentum, thats getting the wheels of the train back on the track after totally losing sight of the track.
Now that we are on the same page, lets build momentum against the New York Rangers.
Last nights game was full of energy (hey NHL – see the point of not so many back to back games, last night was full of interesting contests). But that is a case study for another time. I am not even going to get into the whole Gaustad/Price/Paciorretti thing, because well, Chris is working an article up on that, so I won’t steal his thunder, and I didn’t see it, or even get into it, so I will leave that to the masses. I have three comments on that which will follow the jump. 1. Montreal – drop it. I am sure stuff gets said during games all the time that is offensive. I do believe that I heard Gaustad’s statement came after a Lucic comment was flung at him. 2. He doesn’t need to offend you in both English and French because your from Montreal – oh and Carey Price, you might want to check the score sheet, that guy that does nothing, had a multi-point night. 3. The only thing offensive about all of that last night was the embarrassing way Monreal fans clung to their pride on twitter, and the jackass who has the fake patrick lalime account who responded to the Montreal nonsense with a picture of Paciorretti following the infamous Chara hit – that was offensive even if you weren’t a Montreal fan. But there always be that idiot that wants to see what happens to a drunk driver when he wraps his car around the telephone pole, so why not.
If the Buffalo Sabres are going to pick up any momentum this season, they are going to have to do it tonight, at home against one of the hottest teams in the league right now, the New York Rangers. Terry Pegula is suffering from a case of foot in mouth disease this season, and if the Rangers can’t keep up with the hype, their owner can carpool to appointments with Mr. Pegula.
The Sabres and Rangers have met only once so far this season and the Rangers were winners of that contest, 4-1, back in mid December.
While things seemed to be getting better on the injury front, the Buffalo Sabres are going to be without leading front man Thomas Vanek. Out indefinitely with an upper body injury, the team will have to continue to rely on secondary scoring to fill the void.
Puck drop is 7:30 tonight, and fans with Time Warner Cable will be able to watch tonights contest, because it will be broadcast on NBC Sports, the station formerly known as Versus.