Oct 14, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres left wing Johan Larsson (22) during the third period against the Minnesota Wild at First Niagara Center. Wild beat the Sabres 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres @ Minnesota Wild: Fan Chatter!

All right, Buffalo Sabres fans!

It’s a new year . . . which might excite me a little bit more, except for the fact that we’re NOT going to see much of a new team take the ice tonight when the Sabres take on the Minnesota Wild.

Sure, Brayden McNabb and Johan Larsson have been called back up to Buffalo, and you all should know how I feel about Larsson, so yeah, I’m happy to hear that news.  But, for the most part, this is still the team that got bullied and shutout in Winnipeg 3-0 on New Year’s Eve, so I’m not filled with much new year optimism.

The one good thing to take away from Tuesday night’s beat-down to the Jets was that the Sabres’ fourth line was gangbusters all night long.  I notice none of you predicted that Matt Ellis, John Scott, and Matt D’Agostini would be my three stars the other night, so in your face!    of course, I didn’t pick them either, but that’s not the point!  The point is they were the hardest-working line that created some of the best scoring opportunities of the night.  If that is the case again tonight, the Sabres are in trouble, so step it up, lines 1-3!

Questions to consider:

1. How badly does Jason Pominville burn his old team?  He only scored the game winner against the Sabres the last time these two teams squared off against one another, you know.

2. Steve Ott leads all Buffalo players with 15 (7-8) points against Minnesota.  How many point will he tally tonight?

3. Predict tonight’s three stars!

Jump on in and get the chatter started!

*By the way: yes, I did go through with my bet that I would dance in my underwear at midnight should Ville Leino fail to score the other night.  (Believe it or not, that’s not the first time that has happened in my house!)   However, as a teacher with an awful lot to lose by posting potentially inappropriate photos or videos of himself on the web, I regret to say you must simply take my word for it.  Would I lie to you, Sabre Noise readers?  

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