The Buffalo Sabres close out December and 2013 with a pair of games early this week, one home, and one away. They start January and 2014 with a another pair of games, another home and another away. Can the Buffalo Sabres finally turn their back on what is going to amount to probably the worst calendar year in the teams history. This week, the Buffalo Sabres face two from the East, and two from the West as they look to restart a path to three wins in a row, a goal they are still trying to achieve.Sunday December 29th vs Washington Capitals 5PM
The thought of representing his country hasn’t detracted Alex Ovechkin at all this season has he leads the National
Hockey League with 30 goals. He is joined on the league leader score board by fellow teammate Niklas Backstrom who is tied for second in the league (with Sidney Crosby) for most assists, and is fourth in total points. Washington is also proving that they were better than critics led others to believe, and that they are more than just the dominators of the old Southeast division – as they sit in second place behind the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Metro Division. This is the first meeting between the two teams.
Tuesday December 31st @ Winnipeg Jets
Tux and Pucks goes on the road this year as the Sabres will ring in the new year two hours after their fan base. If the Washington Capitals prove to be too much for the Buffalo Sabres – they have the perfect rebound opponent. The last time the Jets faced the Sabres it was part of a two game stint in December where the Buffalo Sabres found the net 8 times in two games. Can the Buffalo Sabres and John Scott find the net some more against Winnipeg?
The Buffalo Sabres will have New Years Day off as the league takes the day off to focus on the Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs.
Tuesday January 2nd @ Minnesota Wild
Buffalo heads into Minnesota to play their second game against their West coast foes. The teams haven’t met since mid October when the Wild visited Buffalo and skated to a 2-1 victory. The Wild have a better record than most teams in the Eastern Conference, and this will probably be the most difficult game for the Sabres to play this week.
Saturday January 4th vs New Jersey Devils
The second of three meetings between the two teams. The last meetings between the teams was like a throwback to the Dominik Hasek vs Martin Brodeur era. Jhonas Enroth stood as tall as he could in the net and squared off with the Devils Cory Schneider for a 0-0 regulation tie, only to fall 1-0 in the last minute of overtime.