Buffalo Sabres – New York Islanders Fan Prediction Thread

One goal game!

One goal game!

February 9, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Matt Moulson (26) controls the puck in front of Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller (30) during the second period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Sabres won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Sorry – I was just trying out a little chant that I whipped up due to the fact the Buffalo Sabres are fast becoming known as the one-goal game team.  I know somewhere on this site I chronicled just how many games the Sabres lost by one goal last season, but I’m too lazy to go dig up my old post.  Suffice it to say, it felt like 40, even though it probably was closer to upper single-digits.  And here we go again, with seven games on the Sabres’ schedule already in the books, and the boys in blue and gold having endured five more one-goal losses.

Does the universe really dislike the Sabres that much, that it cannot toss a lucky bounce or two Buffalo’s way?

No matter; fortune favors the bold, not the bland, so the Sabres have their work cut out for them if they wish to start getting lucky breaks and the benefit of the doubt.

Tonight’s match-up is not necessarily an easy one for the Sabres – on the road, against the New York Islanders, one night removed from last night’s tough loss to Minnesota – but the Sabres will have Ryan Miller in goal tonight, so his .941 save percentage should help the Sabres keep this one close throughout.  The Sabres have displayed signs of improvement lately, although that’s kind of like saying that a comatose hospital patient blinked a few times.  The Sabres need to show consistent improvement across the board for an entire game before any of us start calling home to our loved ones.

Who knows – maybe the Sabres will even play some of their better-performing rookies for more than eight minutes a game tonight?  Just a thought!

Questions to consider, before you share your picks:

1. Will Johan Larsson, Marcus Foligno, Tyler Ennis, or Mikhail Grigorenko finally pick up a point this season?

2. What is your over/under on how many goals Miller will allow?

3. Bold pick: who wins, and by how much?

Thanks, and let the convo begin!

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  • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

    Ever bold, I predict . . .

    1. At least one rookie (Grigorenko, Larsson, Ristolainen, Girgensons) gets a point tonight. Might not be someone’s first, but one of them will get into the scoring column.

    2. Miller gives up 3 tonight, due to the Islanders getting off close to 50 shots.

    3. NYI win 4-1 (with an empty-net goal to boot).

  • Jes

    Sabres win 4-1.

    1. At least one of the guys you mentioned in your question will register a point.

    2. Miller gives up 1 goal tonight.

    3. Sabres win 4-1 tonight. Vanek or Hodgson with the Hattrick.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Ahh, you’re the Bizarro version of me today! Now that’s bold!

  • Jon Merrick

    1) Ennis
    2) 2
    3) NYI 4 Sabres 2 (open net Islanders)

  • wolfdoctor

    Sabres lose 3-1. Miller gives up 2 goals. Islanders score into an empty net. Kevin Porter scores the only Sabres goal.

  • davidmuscalo

    Sabres lose 5-1; Miller’s due for a let down. Foligno is due to score. Grigo may be looking for his first point a month from now – he is really way in over his head.

    On a more upbeat note: The Sabres are a fun team to watch. I am enjoying the games on TV, that is, I live in New Jersey. I see them losing tonight and their next game against Vancouver. After 10 losses in row, they will begin to gel and start playing at a rate of 50% wins and 50% losses. By the end of the season, other teams are not going to want to play them, because they will be spoilers.