Happy Halloween, Buffalo Sabres fans!
Yep – I know you know where I am headed with this. it’s Halloween, after all, and I’m a sucker for the holiday, so let’s get it out of the way: will tonight’s game against the New York Rangers in Madison Square Garden be a treat, or a trick, for the Sabres?
There – ya happy now?
In his first game as a member of the Sabres, Matt Moulson sure did provide a spark, scoring two goals and getting a healthy number of scoring chances during the contest. Simply put, he played with a level of determination that I had not seen out of Thomas Vanek in his short time with the Sabres this season, which is disappointing but the truth. I sincerely hopes Moulson keeps showing me that he is willing to do whatever he can to help this team win now, because I honestly wish Buffalo will make an honest attempt to convince him to re-sign with the team once his contract expires at the close of the season.
Speaking of scoring goals, the New York Rangers are currently giving up over three goals per game, an encouraging statistic given the way that Buffalo has playing the last few games. Even more encouraging news: the Rangers are the second-worst scoring team in the NHL right now. (What’s that – the Sabres are the worst? Shut your pie hole, man!!!) This is a game the Sabres can win, everyone, provided they play a full sixty minutes and get some quality goaltending, something Ryan Miller has not given the team his previous two starts. If he is in goal tonight, will he be distracted by all of the trade talk that has surrounded him, and the fact that it is rumored that the Sabres have zero intention of signing him after the season? I can’t imagine he will be – we all know he has been preparing himself for a one-way trip out of Buffalo for a while now – but who knows how an athlete such as Miller responds to reading his name over and over and over again?
Questions to consider:
1. Can Cody Hodgson inherit some of Moulson’s mojo and score tonight?
2.Does Moulson begin a points streak as a Sabre by scoring or notching an assist tonight?
3. Can Ryan Miller shutdown, and shut out, a punchless Rangers offense?
Chime in below, and go Sabres!