Tonight’s faceoff against the Syracuse Crunch marks the 57th season for the Amerks.
Last season the cross state rivals faced off ten times, with the Amerks going 6-3-0-1 in all the tilts – four of the six victories game on home ice. The Amerks are once again hoping for luck against the Crunch as they chase better regular season fortune for a better position in the Calder Cup playoffs.
Despite dropping their last four home openers, the Amerks boast a great 33-17-6 all time opening night record – coupled with a 27-22-7 record in opening night games.
The Crunch the Amerks face this year have a completely different look from last years squad however – as an off season affiliation switch saw the Tampa Bay Lightning move their affiliate to upstate New York.
Most AHL rosters, to include the Rochester Americans will feature many top NHL ready prospects that would have normally made the opening night rosters of the parent clubs this year, but farm teams are reaping the benefits of the NHL lockout.
Two important Sabres prospects that will make their professional hockey debut tonight will be 2012 first round draft pick Zemgus Girgensons and 2010 first round pick Mark Pysyk. Girgensons is a highly touted center prospect that could one day be the number one pivot man on the blue and gold roster, while Pysyk holds the honor of being the second Sabres defensive prospect in as many years to captain his respective WHL team to their championships.
Lets hope winning carries on to higher levels with these prospects.
Faceoff for the Amerks tonight is slated for 7:05 PM at The Blue Cross Arena.