Hey, Buffalo Sabres fans!
You know how sometimes, when NBC Sports does Rivalry Night every Wednesday, that some of the match-ups don’t truly qualify as a rivalry? (I mean, according to NBC Sports Network, if the two teams have played each other once before, it’s a rivalry!)
Well, throw that out the window: tonight’s grudge match between the Buffalo Sabres and the Boston Bruins is, indeed, a rivalry, despite the disparity that exists among these two teams in the standings. As divisional foes, these two teams pose a threat to one another’s playoff chances, which is more than enough reason for players on either side to get pumped up for games such as the one we will see tonight.
Tonight’s game is the first of five contests between these two squads this season, and it comes at a pretty good time for the boys in blue and gold: if a prime-time, nationally-televised showdown with the rival Bruins cannot get this team to put together 60 minutes of competitive hockey, than nothing can, folks. Tonight’s game will be THE litmus test for how well Ron Rolston, his coaching staff, and the veterans of this team are progressing toward turning this mess of a franchise into a respectable, hard-working squad.
Questions to consider:
1. Can the Sabres capitalize on the fact that they will be facing backup goaltender Chad Johnson tonight? Will they score 3+?
2. Do the Sabres come out aggressive and keep pace with the Bruins, or do they get woefully outshot in the first yet again?
Join the discussion, and keep your fingers crossed! Go Sabres!