It has been 159 days since the Buffalo Sabres last laced up their skates for a regular season matchup – and even further back since they played a meaningful hockey game. That’s all in the past now as they
open up their 44th regular season in the National Hockey League.
I am all for hating hockey teams – I have an unabashed hatred for the Philadelphia Flyers - the hockey team, not the city. This writer just seemingly wants to hate on every Buffalo because he can, a city to which he has probably never visited. All I have to say in retort – is 17 seconds Boston, 17 seconds. [Stanley Cup of Chowder].
What is the point of co-captains? Steve Ott is not a captain – and it is almost like you are awarding Thomas Vanek on his departure. [CBS Sports].
Goalies is the one familiarity for the Buffalo Sabres, but a preview series would not be complete without looking at the familiar tandem. [Die By The Blade].
Paul Hamilton files his opening night report for the Buffalo Sabres. [WGR550].
Congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks on last season – and for starting this year off in banner style, raising a division, conference, President’s Trophy and Stanley Cup banner, then overcoming another deficit to win. [Chicago Tribune].
If you didn’t get the chance to watch last nights banner raising ceremony, shame on you, but here is a great recap via twitter and several images – congrats Chicago on creating a special moment – well deserved. Thanks for beating Boston. [Bleacher Report].
I am not going to turn into a pundit, or advocate for the elimination of fighting from the sport of hockey; but the NHL has its first concussion of the year from a fight, and yes, he kept his helmet on. [USA Today Sports].