Nov 12, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller (30) during the game against the Los Angeles Kings at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres - St. Louis Blues: Fan Chatter!!!

Sabre Noise fans, fear not: I am still alive and well!

Things got pretty hairy around here yesterday – at one point, I truly thought an international incident was about to break out! – but I survived the onslaught, no thanks to many of you, who arrived late to the scrum and were of no help to me whatsoever.

But my love for you is legit, and I forgive you!  Ha ha!

So here I am, ready to discuss tonight’s match-up between the slightly new-look Buffalo Sabres and the St. Louis Blues.

Interim head coach Ted Nolan has decided that he wants to win games sooner than later, and that skating four teenagers is not going to achieve that end, so the Sabres will be without the services of Rasmus Ristolainen, Nikita Zadorov, and Mikhail Girgorenko tonight.  Buffalo will have defenseman Mike Weber at its disposal, if that means anything to you!

Meanwhile, the Blues come in riding the sheer awesomeness of Alexander Steen.  Can he stay this hot?  Against a team like Buffalo, he sure can!   I know Nolan wants to win, but this team isn’t built to win; it as deconstructed in order to acquire draft picks, so Steen could potentially have a career night in store for him . . .

. . . unless Ryan Miller plays crazy-good hockey, which for the most part he has done this season.  Miller’s play is one of the only feel-good stories to come out of Buffalo this season, but the Sabres are not the only team to go through a rebuild, despite what the media and classless fans of other teams will have you believe.  I hope Miller can keep the Sabres close, but this is another one of those games that could be over by the end of the first if the Sabres don’t come out ready to compete.

Questions to consider:

  1. Can the Sabres shut down Steen tonight?
  2. Can Buffalo, a team that has been absolutely destroyed in the first period of games so far this year, actually win the opening period?

Let me hear your picks, prognostications, and platitudes, if you have any!  And never shy away from tossing some thoughts my way on twitter @theamazingMrS.  Let’s have fun, and go Sabres!

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