The fifth opponents of the Buffalo Sabres in the 2012-2013 regular season marks the first home and home series with an Eastern Conference foe. Playing in New Jersey on Wednesday October 24th – both the Buffalo Sabres and New Jersey Devils will face each other just two days later at First Niagara Center on Friday October 26th.
Much will change for both clubs before they face again, as almost the entire season will pass before the foes face again. Game three of the season series happens on Thursday March 7th, and the final game of the season series is another month later as they face in Buffalo on April 4th.
Last season the Devils proved to be too much for the Buffalo Sabres, capturing seven out of the eight available points. The Buffalo Sabres won just one game against New Jersey last season, and they did it in a shootout.
I have been pretty hard on the Buffalo Sabres so far in my predictions – and I don’t think it has been appropriately fair to the Blue and Gold. They have gotten tougher – and that should provide more room for the more talented players to work.
Martin Brodeur has his eye on the prize. Already destined for the Hall of Fame upon stepping out of the frozen rink and into retirement – he proved that he can take a team and help them into the Stanley Cup Finals. If the Devils can manage his workload during the regular season, there is no reason to believe that he won’t be able to shine in the post season for what could be his final two years in the National Hockey League. In 2006-2007 he played 78 of the teams 82 games. The past two seasons he sat in for 56 and 59 games respectively. If the Devils can keep Martin Brodeur in the net between 45-55 contests in the regular season, he will be more than fresh for a nice post season run. Working in favor for Martin Brodeur is his style of play – and the style of play of the team in front of him.
The Devils are going to be tough opponents next year – as Brodeur looks to end his career with a Stanley Cup.