The third and final meeting between the Buffalo Sabres and Washington Capitals is tonight in downtown Buffalo – and the Capitals are looking to sweep the season series over the Buffalo Sabres for only the second time in franchise history.
Both teams come into tonight’s contest with a mere 31 points – and the loser of tonight’s contest could very well find themselves only looking back at the Florida Panthers.
For Buffalo – the homecoming means putting a miserable Florida trip that saw them take one point out of an available four – and lose to two of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference, the teams you should beat if you wanted to push into the playoff picture.
For Buffalo – the road doesn’t get any easier; for the Capitals – a strong push could put them back in contention, there next eight contests are against non-playoff teams, a great way to pick up sixteen points and try and fight back into the top eight. Buffalo has their next seven of nine at home – but the next seven straight contests are against teams in the 1-7 seeds.
The Washington Capitals have outscored the Buffalo Sabres so far in the season series 8-5 – and offensive production hasn’t been a friend of the Buffalo Sabres. They will likely be without Thomas Vanek – who is still listed as questionable with his upper body injury.