The end of the pre season is here, and the Buffalo Sabres will close it out with a road game against the Carolina Hurricanes. Buffalo is 4-1-1 in the exhibition portion of their schedule – with the only losses
coming at the hands of division rivals The Toronto Maple Leafs.
Injuries are mounting for both the Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes – as both coaches have to be thinking that the roster they submit for tonight’s game is the closest they are going to get for an opening night roster dress rehearsal.
The Buffalo Sabres still have plenty of roster moves to make. While they have their goaltending situation figured out for now – they are still five players over the opening night limit – a similar situation to his counterpart on the other bench.
The recent news of injury to rookie Joel Armia helps head coach Ron Rolston make one decision – although it was likely that despite his play in the preseason, Armia would have started the year in Rochester. Either way, having Armia and Corey Tropp out long term could pose a problem for Ron Rolston looking to bolster his status in his first full year behind the bench.
For Carolina, the injury news includes Jeff Skinner, Cam Ward, and Joni Pitkanen. Add to the list injuries to Tuomo Ruutu, Tim Gleason and Alex Semin. The start of the season looks bleak for the Carolina Hurricanes – if they can’t get some of their starting players back up to healthy.
The good news for Hurricanes fans is that is appears that Jeff Skinner is out as a precaution, and that he will be available for opening night.
Injuries on both sides are good for bubble players, who have played well enough through the exhibition schedule, but not well enough to crack the rosters. Injuries are opening up the ability for those bubble players to make a case that they deserve to be in the NHL.
Buffalo is 2-1 on the road in the post season, with victories against the Columbus Blue Jackets and Montreal Canadiens.
Buffalo will start the regular season on Wednesday with an away game against the Detroit Red Wings – before starting the home portion of their schedule on Friday against the Ottawa Senators.