Oct 23, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Cody Hodgson (19) celebrates his goal against the Boston Bruins during the second period at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres - Dallas Stars: Fan Predictions

Well, Sabre Noise readers/Buffalo Sabres fans/NHL aficionados: what a Sunday!  The Buffalo Sabres didn’t play a game and still managed to earn a W.

Moving Thomas Vanek clearly deprives the team of some offense (potentially – it’s not like he was lighting the world on fire), but it does give the Sabres two more pretty good draft picks to use however they see fit, and it’s not like Matt Moulson is a slouch (three 82-game season with 30+ goals).

And we will all get to see exactly how the new-look Sabres will perform as they face the Dallas Stars, along with ex-Sabres coach Lindy Ruff, tonight at the First Niagara Center.

This is one of those games in which there could be a lot of emotions on the Buffalo side of the ice . . . players facing their former coach for the first time, and teammates having to cope with the trade of their home-ice captain  . . . but then again, an awful lot of these players are so young that tonight’s game is just like any other.  It’s not like Zemgus Girgensons, Rasmus Ristolainen, or Nikita Zadorov have any connection with Lindy Ruff (nor should Mikhail Grigorenko, Brian Flynn, Mark Pysyk, etc., realistically), so that angle doesn’t apply to the youngest players on the team.  And how close do those young players feel to Vanek, as well, having spent such a limited amount of time playing alongside him?  Veteran players on this team may have two sets of conflicting emotions to sort out, but the Sabres young players should approach tonight with a “business as usual” mentality and try and pick up the slack of any veterans who are off of their game.

Questions to consider:

  1. You know I have to ask it: will Moulson notch any points tonight?
  2. On the other side of the ice, can Valeri Nichushkin, a player many Buffalo fans wanted to see wear blue and gold, net his first goal of the season tonight?
  3. This is your time to shine, Cody Hodgson!  How will he do tonight?

Thanks for the read; now, hop into the discussion and share your picks!!!!

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