Happy Columbus Day, Buffalo Sabres fans!
If you had the day off from work, I hope you made good use of it! On the other hand, if you did have to work to day . . . well, I’ll get back to you as soon as I’m through laughing!
Now: the game discussion.
The winless, owners-of-a-single-point Buffalo Sabres host the 2-1-2 Minnesota Wild tonight at the First Niagara Center. This marks the first time the Sabres will face ex-captain Jason Pominville since he was traded last season. Grudge match!
There’s some good news and bad news concerning tonight’s match-up. First, the bad news (I like to get it out of the way, since we are probably going to be hearing a lot of bad news throughout the season): the Wild can score (2.8 per game), and defend (2.2 goals allowed per game, 6th best in the NHL). The Sabres? They score at a rate of exactly one goal per game. Not exactly a dream match-up for a Sabres team looking to get its first win of the season.
Like I said, though: there is good news, as well, as the Wild have a pretty crummy penalty kill (66.7%, 28th in the NHL) and they commit a healthy number of penalties, to the tune of almost 13 minutes per game. If the Sabres want to win tonight, they have to be ready to capitalize on the power play. (In case you are curious, the Sabres commit about 12 minutes worth of penalties a game, but they currently have a 90% pk rate, 4th best in the NHL!)
And the Wild have yet to win on the road, so the Sabres have that going for them, too!
Questions to consider:
1. Will Jason Pominville burn his former team tonight? (So far this season, he has only scored one goal.)
2. Will the Sabres break through on the power play?
3. Final score, and star of the game?
Time to share, and come back for the back-and-forth!