In 2012-2013, the Buffalo Sabres squared off against the hated Boston Bruins no less than five times, winning three of those games and losing two. The Sabres managed to put up 15 goals against the Bruins last season, a number that is pretty good considering the Sabres’ offensive woes last year, lending credence to the theory that the Sabres know how to crank up their game when they are going head-to-head with their division rival.
The 2013-2014 season will provide our young Sabres squad with the opportunity to prove that last year was no fluke, as the Sabres and Bruins will once again play each other five times over the course of the season. Sure, the Bruins are coming off of their fantastic Stanley Cup Playoffs run in which they represented the Eastern Conference in the Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks. However, the Bruins also lost Nathan Horton and Andrew Ference to free agency, and traded Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars. They did pick up Jarome Iginla, however, who . . . probably won’t amount to much, since he is turning 96 this year (it’s true!) and is nowhere near the threat he used to be.
Meanwhile, we all know what to expect from the Sabres this year; namely, a bunch of young players shuffling in and out of town as the coaching staff and front office try to determine which of the Sabres’ prospects are ready for the big leagues, and which still need time to cook. The potential lack of consistent lines and personnel do not necessarily bode well for this team’s chances of winning many games against a mostly battle-tested squad from Boston, but maybe that will work to the Sabres’ advantage, allowing them to catch the Bruins with their hockey pants down as they look ahead to some more “worthy” competition.
Or maybe the Sabres just get spanked every damn game!
Time to vote – where do you stand? Can the young Buffalo Sabres continue the tradition of giving the big bad Boston Bruins all they can handle next season? Or will Boston take the Sabres behind the woodshed night in and night out? Holla!