All right, Buffalo Sabres fans: it’s here!
The day you spent all of October and November praying would come . . . the day you spent most of December fearing would be lost . . . opening day for the 2012-2013 Buffalo Sabres has finally arrived!
And what a day it promises to be. The Sabres square off against the bullies of the East, the Philadelphia Flyers, at 12:30 Eastern today. The game will be broadcast live on NBC, so if you cannot attend the game live make sure you tune in.
The Buffalo Sabres are coming off a disappointing 2011-2012 campaign, in which they missed the playoffs for the third time in five years. Hopes are high for this season, though, due in part to the return of Tyler Myers, the debut of rookie phenom Mikhail Grigorenko, and the infusion of gritty play that Steve Ott hopes to bring to town. The Philadelphia Flyers, meanwhile, will be playing their second game in a row, following Saturday’s emotionally-charged, home-opening loss against their intrastate rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Hopefully, Buffalo is ready for what is sure to be a determined Flyers squad looking to avenge their first loss of the season. One can only hope that the Flyers’ offense continues to struggle without Danny Briere in the line-up, although that is highly unlikely.
Doors to the First Niagara Center open at 10:15 a.m., while the Sabres Store will be open beginning at 9 a.m. If you come to the game, make sure you visit the store, as the Sabres are still selling all merchandise at 50% as part of their fan appreciation package – pretty sweet deal! Nope, they are NOT paying me to say that!
I’ll be Tweeting live from the First Niagara Center, so be sure to follow us @sabrenoise to get my reactions/ insights /general idiocy all throughout the game! Then, come back here to read my recap following the conclusion of the game.
LET THE PUCK DROP IN BUFFALO!!!