Mar 14, 2012; Buffalo, NY, USA; Colorado Avalanche left wing Jamie McGinn (11) scores the game tying goal against Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller (30) during the third period at the First Niagara Center. Colorado beats Buffalo 5 - 4. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres Pre-Game: Avalanche Alert!

The Buffalo Sabres will be playing an intriguing match of rock-paper-sabres tonight, as the boys in blue and gold host the high-scoring Colorado Avalanche in the First Nigara Center at 7 p.m.

The Avalanche bring with them an offense that is averaging over 3 goals a contest, not a good sign for a Sabres team that got blanked against Vancouver the other night and is dead-last in the NHL at scoring.

That’s the bad news.  The good news is . . . well, actually, there’s no good news.  There’s actually WORSE news: the Avalanche lead the NHL in goals allowed, surrendering a stingy 1.46 goals per game.


Let’s hope yesterday’s rookie dance-off pays big dividends for the Sabres – maybe one of the rookies can whip out some dance moves at center ice and distract the Avalanche players as Thomas Vanek scores.

Stranger things have happened right?


Players to watch:

Colorado has three players who have notched 7 points so far this season, including the electric Matt Duchene and rookie Nathan MacKinnon.  Sabres fans should also keep an out for Ryan O’Reilly, who has four points and plays the sort of two-way game that would make me sell one of my more annoying children in order to persuade O’Reilly to come play for Buffalo.  It’s also worth noting that not one player on the Colorado roster has a negative +/- rating.

Meanwhile, the Sabres’ leading scorers are (not surprisingly) Cody Hodgson and Thomas Vanek, with 6 and 5 points, respectively.  If you’re interested in such stuff, only Christian Ehrhoff has a positive +/- for the Sabres, so expect him to log 45 minutes of ice time tonight.

All sarcasm aside, if Buffalo can regain the intensity and focus that the team displayed against the New York Islanders this week, this game should be entertaining.  If the same Sabres team who looked terrible against the Canucks show up, though . . . yeah.  Some things are better left unsaid.

Check back in for my fan prediction thread, and after the game for our recaps and three stars!  Let’s go, Buffalo!

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