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Buffalo Sabres PreGame Skate #2: Ottawa Senators

The Buffalo Sabres (0-1-0) look to build off their performance on the opening night of the season as they play their first home game in front of a crowd at First Niagara

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Tonight’s opponent are also new members of the Atlantic Division, but are old division rivals as far as the Buffalo Sabres are concerned.  For the Ottawa Senators (0-0-0) it is their first game of the regular season – and will be the first meaningful game played by the Senators that will not include Daniel Alfredsson.

The Ottawa Senators are looking to build on their best season since losing in the Stanley Cup Finals in 2007.  While their regular season wasn’t a stellar performance, they still made it into the post season and won their first round match up.

The Buffalo Sabres are looking to build on a game that many fans are wishing didn’t happen.  An 0-7 power play unit, another injury to Ville Leino; and a first period that sunk the ship before it even found its legs.  Thomas Vanek will don the “c” for the first time as captain of the home Buffalo Sabres.

Last season there was no answer for the Ottawa Senators, as they cruised to a 3-1 record against the Buffalo Sabres.  Ottawa has to be careful against the Buffalo Sabres – with back to back games to open the season – the team is looking towards Saturday when they face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs – if they take the Buffalo Sabres too lightly, Buffalo could get a win in tonight’s game.

It’s a team of new faces for the Ottawa Senators as well – a team looking to overcome last year’s injury plagued season.  There is no doubt in my mind that a healthier Ottawa team last year excels beyond the second round playoff appearance that ended their season.  Ottawa starts this years regular season with six games away from their home barn.  They don’t get to open up at home until October 17th when they host the New Jersey Devils.  New leaders will also emerge as Jason Spezza begins his first campaign as captain of the Senators.

The Party in the Plaza event returns to the Harbor Center and First Niagara area tonight – from 4:30 to 6:30.  The party will take place in Alumni Plaza – located along the outside of the arena on the Perry Street side.

With all the activity and hustle around the arena, the team is reminding everyone of limited traffic patterns around the arena, which will probably be further limited by the number of people gathering for the game.

Remember, vehicular traffic is limited to one lane northbound (away from arena) on Washington Street, and one lane southbound (towards arena) on Main Street.  There are no temporary road closures planned during tonight’s game.

With plenty of activity and excitement, get down to the arena early and enjoy the party in the plaza.  Game time is set for 7PM – and the game will be carried on MSG.

 

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