Thanks to a mid-week Christmas holiday and small break from the National Hockey League schedule, the Buffalo Sabres only have two games on the schedule for this week.
After closing out last week grabbing four of possible six points, and splitting a home and home with the Boston Bruins, the Sabres will turn their focus to a Monday and Friday affair, with the visiting Phoenix Coyotes on Monday and a trip North of the border into enemy territory to face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs again.
Monday December 23 vs Phoenix Coyotes – this will be the first meeting for the Sabres and Coyotes this season. Buffalo will be looking to
rebound off a loss to the Bruins on Saturday, while the Coyotes look to make it two in a row. Buffalo has recently picked up their pace as the worst team in the National Hockey League this year, and are gaining on the Edmonton Oilers out West, and the New York Islanders in the East.
Before their win over the Ottawa Senators, the Desert Dogs dropped three in a row on the East Coast trip, so they will be hungry to salvage as many points as possible before heading back out West.
Friday December 27 at Toronto Maple Leafs – The Toronto Maple Leafs have been an interesting opponent for the Buffalo Sabres. A wild affair in the preseason under Ron Rolston gets pushed under the carpet as Ted Nolan takes over before the teams meet in the regular season. Through three games the Buffalo Sabres have a 2-1 advantage over the Leafs who started the season strong but have fallen into a tough stretch of hockey.
Can the Buffalo Sabres tack on four more points, or even find their tenth win of the regular season? They are the only team without at least ten wins so far in 2013.