It was not a pretty night at the PNC Center for the Buffalo Sabres last night, and if they want to regain their traction – the Buffalo Sabres need to turn it up several notches before they take to the ice against the Carolina Hurricanes in the quick back-to-back and home-and-home situation.
Ryan Miller will be back in the net tonight – and that might give the Buffalo Sabres the confidence that they need to open the game up the way they need to.
Last nights contest seemed like an exhibition for the Blue and Gold – while the Carolina Hurricanes answered the bell rung by their coach urging their stars to step up their game – the Buffalo Sabres sat back on their laurels and hoped for the game to go their way.
You don’t want to lose two in a row any year, and this year especially. You get into too much of a slump, and the season will be behind you before you know it.
Referee’s to tonight’s contest need to be on their toes – there were some high emotion situations that started last night, and as tonight’s game wears on – it is only going to fester even more. This shortened season where you have the ability to play within your division and conference every night, could, and should spark and renew some old rivalries, and might even create knew ones – something this sport needs to thrive.
Don’t expect the game plan to change much for the Carolina Hurricanes – but expect a few changes for the Buffalo Sabres. So far the top three on the first line are doing all the work offensively – your not going to be a successful franchise if that keeps up.
Aggression has to be on the mind of the Sabres players tonight, not the penalty earning style of aggression, but the fore checking kind of aggression is going to be necessary for the Sabres to pull a win out of one of these games. The season is not going to be any easier, and last nights contest only proved that the Buffalo Sabres had a little bit too much time off between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Sabres will have Saturday off, and will play every other night to finish off the month of January – facing Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins, and the Toronto Maple Leafs.