Five Buffalo Sabres Games the Squeamish Should Avoid!

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Train Wreck #1: October 12, Sabres at Chicago Blackhawks

Jan 18, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Michael Frolik (67) jumps in the air to avoid Buffalo Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth (1) and defenseman Mike Weber (6) during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

The defending Stanley Cup champions open their 2013-2014 season with six home games in an eight-game span.  The fourth of those home games comes against the visiting Buffalo Sabres.  By this point, the Blackhawks will have survived the emotion of having their championship banner raised to the rafters of the United Center.   They are an experienced team who remain virtually unchanged since the offseason began, and while they may stumble out of the gates and fail to recreate last year’s epic start, I don’t expect them to take too long to regain their chemistry, especially with a pre-season under their belts.

Meanwhile, the Buffalo Sabres are a mostly inexperienced squad who will be struggling to find chemistry as they learn how to mix parts and play together.  This early in the season, travelling to Chicago to face the Stanley Cup champions is a recipe for an ugly-looking game.  The good news?  A butt-kicking at the hands of the Blackhawks should provide the young Sabres the motivation needed to make the March rematch in Buffalo one hell of a battle.   

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  • PaulR

    The first two I agree with (you could probably add San Jose and LA to the list) but NJ, Winnipeg and Nashville???

    Did you forget that the Sabres are playing the Red Wings 4 times this season – Alfredsson, Datsyk and Zetterberg don’t scare you? How about Pittsburgh? Boston? Those teams will dismantle the Sabres. Even one of the Toronto games late in the season at First Niagara will be ugly because it will be a sea of Maple Leafs’ jerseys.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Hey Paul! I wasn’t just looking at the team; I was looking at the schedule, too, as well as the match-ups. I’m not just worried about whether the team loses, but how ugly a game it could be – hence, New Jersey, whose strong forecheck can make it seem like the Sabres will never clear the puck out of their own end.. Are there other games I could have selected? Sure – with a team this young, I could probably do a list of 10, 15 or more! As for Pittsburgh, Boston, etc. – the Sabres tend to rise to the occasion against some of those teams. Could be different this year, but I didn’t want this list to become a “Hey, the Sabres can’t hang with ANY team this year!” kind of deal. That’s why schedule was such a big factor in my decision-making process. Last – I’m excited about the Detroit games, so even if the Sabres get crushed, I wouldn’t recommend avoiding those games!