It is preseason game number one, and finally, finally we have almost real hockey action once again. I say almost real hockey because, well – the games still mean nothing until the regular season opens up.
According to the new CBA – both teams have to dress at least nine veteran players. Tonights opponent is the Montreal Canadiens, as the Buffalo Sabres open up their pre season completion a the Bell Centre in Montreal.
Players not dressing for the Buffalo Sabres that I thought would be a lock for head coach Ron Rolston to want to see in the first game of competition are Tyler Myers and Joel Armia. Myers showed up last season out of shape – and an early in game analysis of the Buffalo Sabres key defenseman is key to the success of the blue line this year. Buffalo Sabres fans have long awaited the arrival of Joel Armia to the club. Sabres fans will have to wait a little bit longer to see how that plays out.
Montreal doesn’t have many roster spots open for battle this upcoming year, with many of last years Canadiens returning to try and better last years squad – the organization does have a few prospects they will be trying to see how close to NHL ready they are. Michael McCarron, Zachary Fucale and Sebastian Collberg will be among the prospects suiting up for Montreal – trying to impress Montreal brass to see how close they can get to the opening night roster.
Buffalo Sabres fans may get a glimpse of the future in net with tonight’s game, as Jhonas Enroth and Matt Hackett will be tending crease for the Buffalo Sabres.
The Buffalo Sabres start the preseason after going undefeated in the Traverse City Tournament round robin play, ending the tournament in second place with a defeat by the Detroit Red Wings prospects in the final game.
Buffalo is 7-11-3 all time against the Montreal Canadiens in the preseason.
Game time is scheduled for 7:30. Tonight’s game is radio only for the Buffalo Sabres – so tune in your radio to WGR550 and listen in as the Buffalo Sabres start the quest that will hopefully end up in the post season.