Call it what you will, the bounces were just just not happening for the Buffalo Sabres last night, and if there fortunes are to change, they will need to get the puck rolling in their favor much more than it did against the Montreal Canadiens.
I am not making excuses for last nights 6-1 throttling by the Canadiens, because I am a firm believer that you make your own fortune, and that winning battles and trying brings you the right bounces.
Getting outshot 15-1 in the first period is no way to set the tone in a hockey game. The final shot count gave no indication of how handily the Canadiens controlled the game.
But that is behind us, and the Buffalo Sabres need to have short memories for that game, and remember what worked for them against the Boston Bruins if they are going to be successful in today’s matchup against the Florida Panthers, scheduled to start at 3PM EST – a Super Bowl Sunday matinee in downtown Buffalo.
Games against the Florida Panthers are difficult to call, on Thursday night the Buffalo Sabres punched the Bruins in the face for a 7-4 win in Boston, something that have not done in two years. Yesterday against Montreal they were steam rolled by a team that had not beaten them in regulation since November of 2010, two had a half years ago.
Last season the Sabres split the season series with the Florida Panthers.
Defensive lapses in yesterday’s matinee and scoreless line combinations since the start of the season have to be given Lindy Ruff sleepless nights as he has the inability to practice his team properly to figure out what is going to work properly to gain a win and put some momentum in the sails.
Buffalo skates into downtown Buffalo with a 3-4-1 record, looking to regain .500 and climb out of the bottom of the Northeast.
Game Pucks for yesterday and today will be awarded after today’s contest.
Lets hope the boys try to save the weekend with a home win. With Miller getting spelled in last night’s third period, I would not doubt to see him stick with the starting goaltender for today’s contest – but it might be the easiest thing he does to shake the team up. Eight games into the season Lindy and the Buffalo Sabres have already backed themselves into the must win category, so Ryan Miller might be getting more starts than he needs in this young shortened season.