Are the Buffalo Sabres the absolute worst team in the league right now? Their record sure does lend to it – but the potential is there for them to be better. While we sit idly by waiting for something to happen in Sabre Nation – the rest of the league continues playing meaningful hockey. Here is your video recap from last night.
Anaheim Ducks (7-2-0) vs Toronto Maple Leafs (7-3-0)
There is no new Duck Dynasty in Anaheim as the Toronto Maple Leafs snap the Ducks winning streak at 7 – tying the franchise record in Anaheim. The 4-2 loss will only be a stumbling block for Anaheim.
Vancouver Canucks (6-4-1) vs New York Islanders (3-3-3)
Sixty minutes wasn’t enough for the Canucks as they needed extra time to dispatch the pesky Islanders in a high scoring battle. 4-4 after regulation, the ninth goal of the night was the clincher setting the Islanders back to .500.
New Jersey Devils (1-5-3) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (4-5-0)
Finding wins in Buffalo is tough, but the same could be said about New Jersey, as the Columbus Blue Jackets cruise to a 4-1 win over the hapless Devils last night. Buffalo will have competition for the first overall draft pick if that’s what they are going for this year.
Edmonton Oilers (3-6-1) vs Montreal Canadiens (5-4-0)
With so few teams North of the border – battles for the best team in Canada are few and far between – Edmonton wins this round 4-3 over the Montreal Canadiens.
Chicago Blackhawks (6-1-2) vs Florida Panthers (3-6-1)
I have a good friend who roots for both of these teams, as he is a Blackhawks fan since birth and a Florida fan by his current destination. There is no doubt he is happier when both teams get points, as Chicago skates to a shootout victory 3-2.
Nashville Predators (5-4-1) vs Minnesota Wild (4-3-3)
Josh Harding gets the shutout as the Wild blank the Preds 2-0. The two points for Minnesota makes the race in the Central division that much more congested, as three teams are now tied with 11 points.
Washington Capitals (4-5-0) vs Winnipeg Jets (4-5-1)
Another shootout as Washington travels to the Jets, but is able to overcome the jetlag and the extra hockey to beat the Jets 5-4.
Calgary Flames (4-3-2) vs Phoenix Coyotes (6-2-2)
Phoenix doubles up on Calgary 4-2 as they beat their former Manitob based rivals. Mike Smith is more of a goal scoring threat than sixteen players on the Buffalo Sabres roster.