- Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE
Emotions should be high tonight as the Buffalo Sabres take on the Toronto Maple Leafs for the final home game of the regular season. Depending on off season moves by the team, this could be Derek Roy’s final home game at the First Niagara Center. If the Sabres win out and get some help in the out of town scoreboard department, he might get two more home games in the post season.
The Sabres are no longer in control of their own destiny for the remainder of the regular season, but they hold plenty of power going into the off season, with two first round draft picks, two second rounders, and derek roy as tradeable – more on that later.
Before we get ahead of ourselves, the regular season is not over year, and the Buffalo Sabres are barely treading water in dangerous seas. Despite being out scored by these same Leafs over the weekend, the Sabres need to batten things down and hunker in for a victory. The offense is clicking, but with defensive injuries on the blue line, collapsing back on Ryan Miller and preventing him from facing record numbers of shots is key.
Going in the Sabres favor heading into the sixth and final meeting between these two teams, is the home team has won every contest. Don’t expect the Toronto Maple Leafs from just giving up though. While the post season is out of the question for the franchise for the seventh consecutive April – they can still finish the season with an above .500 record by winning its final three games. If your wearing Blue and White – you have to find any reason to get up for a game when the post season is a distant dream.
A win tonight brings the Sabres back even with the Caps – and this is a game in hand for the Sabres. While Washington would have the tie breaker, both teams would have two games remianing. Winning out doesn’t guarantee anything for the Buffalo Sabres at this point, winning out only gives you hope. The Washington Capitals would have to lose one of its two final home games. The only chance Buffalo has is for the Southeast division to flatline – and Washington loses out as well as Florida. Florida plays Winnipeg tonight, and faces Washington on Thursday.
Either Florida or Washington are going to win the Southeast division and take third place in the conference, here’s to the Florida Panthers winning the division and taking every possible point from the Washington Capitals.