It’s time to lace up the skates for pre-season game number two. Tonight’s contest will come to you from Nationwide Arena in Ohio as the Buffalo Sabres continue the road portion of their pre-season schedule.
Buffalo will continue their roster selection process, this time facing last year’s reigning Vezina trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky who will get the start tonight for the Blue Jackets.
The start of the game should have an NHL feel, as the Buffalo Sabres will call into action their own starting goaltender for tonight’s game, with Ryan Miller making his 2013-2014 debut.
Looks like the Buffalo Sabres number one line going into the year is going to be Thomas Vanek, Cody Hodgson, and Marcus Foligno. It’s a line that brings skill, passion, and a little bit of grit together that just might be the chemistry that is needed on the front line – and could be key in keeping Thomas Vanek in blue and gold for the rest of his career.
Buffalo will round out its roster for tonight’s game with NHL players John Scott, Tyler Ennis, Tyler Myers, Christian Erhoff, and Alexander Sulzer. Guys looking to impress the Buffalo Sabres coaching staff to still be here on the opening day of the season include Chad Ruhwedel, Brayden McNabb, Drew Bagnall, Jamie Tardif, Corey Tropp, Daniel Catenacci, Tim Schaller, Joel Armia, and Mike Zigomanis.
The Buffalo Sabres will face Bobrovsky for the first two periods, and will then skate on Mike McKenna, a free agent signing by the Jackets. Spencer Machacek, Nick Moutrey, Patrick McNeill, Frederic St. Denis are all joining McKenna in the Blue Jackets debut.
The Blue Jackets are going to be skating into tonight’s contest looking to match the speed and intensity of a regular season game – a goal set for them by their coaching staff – so they can truly see who is ready to don Union blue for the opening night roster.
Buffalo will have to match that intensity – and hold onto the lead, something that plagued them last season as well as in the pre-season opener. Getting on the Jackets fast, early, and often to take their heart out of the game will be the key for Ron Rolston’s club to find success tonight in Ohio.