Jan. 16, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings right wing Johan Franzen (93) fights for position with Buffalo Sabres center Paul Gaustad (28), defenseman Jordan Leopold (3), and right wing Patrick Kaleta (36) in front of goalie Jhonas Enroth (1) at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Daily Poll: How Will the Buffalo Sabres Fare Against the Detroit Red Wings?

With the NHL preseason just around a few corners, it’s time to start getting back into hockey mode!  Thank goodness; one can only stand watching baseball (boring), NASCAR or tennis (even more boring), or heaven help us, golf (kill-me-now boring) or TV for so long!

One of the things I enjoy doing as I gear up for the season is to look at the schedule and try to size up the competition.  With the realigning of the

conferences, the 2013-2014 season is going to present a huge challenge to the Buffalo Sabres, as they find themselves in an Atlantic Division that features five teams who qualified for the playoffs last season.  Ouch.  No other division in the NHL can boast that many playoff teams . . . and it’s all due to the arrival of the Detroit Red Wings to the Eastern Conference.  Dropping the Red Wings into the Atlantic Division makes this division the most competitive division in the NHL, at least on paper.  Have fun, Buffalo!

What I want to do is look at each team within the division and see what you think – how well will the Sabres fare against their divisional foes?   According to the poll I ran last week, the majority of readers here at Sabre Noise feel the Sabres will rank toward the bottom of the division. but it is possible for the Sabres to befuddle certain opponents.  Will the Detroit Red Wings be one of the teams in the NHL that the Sabres play tough night in and night out?  Or will Detroit use and abuse the Sabres on a regular basis?  Vote, and feel free to explain why below!

How well will the Sabres do against the Red Wings?

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