It has only been a few days, but the embarrassing loss to the Montreal Canadiens should still be fresh on the minds of every single player dressing for the Buffalo Sabres.
Coming off a 7-4 win over the Boston Bruins, the 6-1 loss to Montreal stung so bad even the guys in Rochester are feeling it.
Thankfully, in this condensed shortened season, retribution doesn’t have to be served cold.
The Buffalo Sabres will face off against the Montreal Canadiens tonight at the First Niagara Center – hoping to snap a three game losing streak. Montreal played last night, and lost to the Boston Bruins. The Buffalo Sabres had a scheduled day off, but hit the practice rink anyways – in desperate need to work on their defensive posture and their faceoff strategy.
The last time these two teams met, it was a train wreck for the Sabres. Pucks just seemed to be sticking to Montreal’s players, and nothing they could do was wrong – pass, shoot, score for most of the night.
The lone Buffalo Sabres goal came late, and Thomas Vanek‘s shot seemed to go in on slow motion over an in position Carey Price, who seemed to watch the puck in disbelief, as his shutout bid was cancelled by a good shot that he should have had.
Fortunes have to change fast for the Buffalo Sabres – who despite last weeks loss to the Canadiens – are still 8-1-1 in their last ten meetings with the Habs. Unfortunately for Buffalo, there is a laundy list of problems at every position to fix before the ship is fully righted.
Game time is scheduled for 7PM. After tonight the Buffalo Sabres will be off on Friday, bu will play back to back games, travelling to Long Island on Saturday, and hosting the Bruins on Sunday.