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PreGame Skate: New Jersey Devils

Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE

 If the Buffalo Sabres are going to renergize and take the team back to winning ways after dropping the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, they are going to have to put their struggling offense against another team known for stiffling offensive chances as they host the New Jersey Devils tonight. 

 
The Sabres and Devils have met three times so far this season, and the Devils are 2-0-1 against the blue and gold. 
 
Nestled in sixth place in the conference, the Devils are not going to be an easy team to pick two points up against. 
 
Devils coach Peter DeBoer knows that the Sabres are going to be playing just as hard to get into the playoffs as the Devils are trying to hold onto to a coveted playoff berth. 
They’re playing for their life, as other teams we’re playing this week – Anaheim and Montreal, Toronto.  It’s not necessarily the opopnenet as much as the desperation level. 
 
Sounds to me like the Devils coach has no respect for the Blue and Gold, but knows the desperation level could be high coming into tonights game.  High it should be as the Sabres still sit in a double digit position in the standings, and with some games in hand sit eight points out of eight place. 
 
Desperation is high for the fans as well as the teams.  With MSG and TWC still at an empasse in talks to bring Sabres games back into the homes of many Western New Yorkers, Saturday’s tilt against the Lightning drew the highest television ratings of the season – primarily because they game was broadcast locally on Channel 2 – and the Sabres were winning.  If the team puts up a hell of a fight going into the playoffs, MSG would put it in their best interest to resolve their issues with TWC and bring the Buffalo Sabres back to television. 
 
Lindy Ruff on the WGR550 morning show was asked about his goaltender for tonight, and his reponse was you should be well enough to figure that one out.  As long as the Buffalo Sabres are in a hunt for the playoff spot, it seems that Ryan Miller could be the main man in the paint for the foreseeable future, with Jhonas Enroth fulfilling his duties as the official door opener on the bench.  New Jersey will be starting future hall of fame goalie Martin Brodeur. 
 
April 3rd is still a long way off, but the playoffs could still be a reality when we face the Toronto Maple Leafs – if you don’t have tickets to that game, check out the article here from February 10th to see how you can sign up to win a pair of tickets to the game. 
 
 

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