Nov 7, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) blocks a shot by Buffalo Sabres left wing Matt Moulson (26) in the second period of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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What’s going on, Buffalo Sabres fans!!!!!!!!!

Oct 28, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller (30) makes a save on the Dallas Stars as center Steve Ott (9) slides by during the second period at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

It’s game day in Hockey Heaven, as the Sabres are preparing to extract a little bit of revenge on the Los Angeles Kings tonight.  You see, last Thursday the Sabres had one of their best efforts of the season, thoroughly outplaying the Kings (in my opinion) in an 0-2 loss that Buffalo didn’t earn, but nevertheless received due to the highway robbery of Jonathan Quick.

I was hoping that this “Loss That Should Have Been a Win” would have inspired the Sabres to come out guns-a-blazing the following night in Anaheim . . . but we’ll just stop right there lest I go into Hulk Smash mode.  Instead, we’ll hope that the two losses the Sabres suffered last Friday and Saturday have humbled and motivated them to come out and win their first home victory tonight against LA.

So far, the First Niagara Center has not been kind to the Sabres, probably because the home town fans have picked up where they left off last season, booing unacceptable play and chanting “Fire Darcy” every chance they get.  I understand the fans’ frustration, but at the same time such a hostile environment is probably a huge part of the reason the Sabres have played noticeably better on the road than at the First Niagara Center.  Your home crowd is SUPPOSED to be hostile – but usually towards the opponents, not the home team!  I’m hoping the Buffalo faithful come out to support the young players who have been performing admirably under some less-than-desirable circumstances so far this season.

Let’s be honest, though, everyone: as much fun as it has been to watch the rookies, the REAL reason to tune in tonight is to watch Jonathan Quick duel with Sabres’ goaltender Ryan Miller.  This is the match-up we wanted last week, the battle between Team USA hopefuls, and while Jhonas Enroth played admirably in LA, Quick vs. Miller is what we all wanted to see.  We’re about to get what we wanted, so sit back and hope for a good one!

Questions to consider:

  1. Who wins “The Duel?”
  2. Will Matt Moulson respond to his ridiculous benching by scoring any points tonight?
  3. What about his other benched-mates, Cody Hodgson and Tyler Ennis?

 

Let me know what you think, what you hope, or what you know, and go Sabres!

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