Oct 4, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller (30) stops a shot by Ottawa Senators left wing Cory Conacher (89) during the third period at First Niagara Center. The Senators beat the Sabres 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Sabres - Senators: Fan Chatter!

Buffalo Sabres fans, I come bearing good news!

Prior to puck drop tonight in the Sabres’ game against the Ottawa Senators, it would appear that Buffalo actually has a .009% of making the playoffs this season. We’re not out of this yet!

Okay: in all seriousness, the Buffalo Sabres have the first game in a home-and-home with the Ottawa Senators tonight.  The last time these two teams met, we were all treated to an electrifying game in which Ryan Miller and Craig Anderson combined to stop 80 out of the 81 shots that were fired, with Ottawa escaping the 716 with a 1-0 lead. Since then, Anderson has become far less of the imposing figure he was last season: his 3.40 GAA and .895 save percentage are worse than Miller’s numbers, and Miller is on the worst team in the NHL!  Sadly, though, Anderson will not be in goal tonight; instead, his backup Robin Lehner will be, and is numbers are better than Anderson’s.  Of course, Lehner has also lost four straight starts.  But this is the Buffalo Sabres’ offense we’re talking about here; I doubt Lehner lost a ton of sleep last night.

Questions to consider:

1. Tyler Ennis has scored in consecutive games.  Does he get one tonight?

2. Cody Hodgson has been moved down to the third line – how does he respond?

3. Final score?

Help me make the most of this game – get yer chatter on and head to the comments section below!  As always, you can also feel free to fire me your thoughts on Twitter @theamazingMrS!

Tags: Buffalo Sabres

  • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

    I spent too much time over the summer, and at the beginning of this season, feeling negative, so I’m going to drive into the blind optimism spectrum! Tyler Ennis will score again; CoHo will get at least one point tonight, and Ryan Miller will shutout the Senators as the Sabres win 2-0! Muhahahahahaha!

  • Mark Huss

    1) Ennis will not get a goal tonight.

    2) Hodgson better respond with making some spectacular plays or he will complain about ice-time and demand a trade just like he did in Vancouver (if his role continue to declines over time).

    3) 3-1 Ottawa over Buffalo

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      In all fairness, CoHo will be a much more productive scorer when he is on the second line of a good team. If that happens any time soon in Buffalo, he’ll have a nice career in the 716. Dunno if it’s in the cards for him or not, though.

    • Jes

      I know Mark. Especially with the style Nolan plays I don’t think CoHo will get the chance to succeed here. IMO Nolan must go.

  • Caitlin Campbell

    I agree with Mark that Hodgson has to do something to answer the bell for his 3rd line demotion. I hope Girgensons has a big game and if this goes to a shootout the Sabres come out on top as Sens have yet to score a goal in the shootout. 3-2 Sabres win via the shootout

    • Dano

      Pretty close in your prediction. Zemgus did quite well!

  • Jes

    Sabres win 5-1

    1. Ennis will pot 2 tonight.

    2. Hodgson does not respond in a very limited game minutes wise.

    3. Sabres win 5-1

  • wolfdoctor

    Sabres 3-2. I’m playing another longshot and predicting Stafford will score.