Nov 7, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Minnesota Wild center Zenon Konopka (28) stands on the ice against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres vs. New Jersey Devils: Fan Chatter!


Buffalo Sabres fans, either hell has frozen over, or the New Jersey Devils are visiting the winter wonderland that we all know and love as the 716.

For the past few days, at least, it certainly DID feel as if the underworld had frozen over – I really enjoyed those -25 wind chills!   Now, however, it would appear that the bitter weather has passed, making the trek to the First Niagara Center much more bearable for tonight’s match-up.

What might not be bearable is the game itself, as this game throws two of the worst offenses in the NHL together and dares you to watch.  The Sabres, as we all know, actually are the worst offense in the league, scoring at the snooze-inducing pace of 1.63 goals per game.  New Jersey owns the 24th-ranked offense in the NHL, but at least their 2.38 goals per game actually means you can count on the Devils to put two in the net on any given night.

Of course, the Sabres just acquired forward Zenon Konopka off of waivers, which I’m sure will boost their offense – right?

Right?

Questions to consider:

1.  How many points will Konopka tally tonight?  Ha ha ha!  Just kidding!  Matt Moulson leads all Sabres in points (6-5-11) against the Devils – pick how many points he gets tonight.

2. With Ville Leino out, Johan Larsson now becomes the target of my guidance and support.  What’s his +/- tonight (or if you are feeling really advanced, predict his Corsi % within 5 points).

3. Final score?

You know the drill – talk at me, people!  Go Sabres!

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  • Jes

    Sabres win 3-2

    1. I honestly think Konopka will get an assist. Moulson will get a goal tonight.
    2. Larsson’s +/- will be 0. Can anyone tell me how to project Corsi/Fenwick and so on? I still do not know how the whole process works. Do I basically have to take the time out and read the book or is it something you can get a handle on if explained to you?
    3. 3-2

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Corsi = all shots taken, including blocks. So, if your team takes 5 SOG, 3 that go wide, and has 1 shot blocked while you were on the ice throughout a game, you count all 9 of those and compare them to what the opposition had. If Larsson is on the ice for 13 shots for Buffalo, versus 11 for New Jersey, he is +2 or has a Corsi percentage of 13/24 = 54.2%. It’s one way to determine puck possession and what you’re doing when you have the puck. Fun stuff

      • Jes

        Thanks Rich makes sense. I however will stick with the +/- lol.

        • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

          Sure is a whole lot easier!!

  • wolfdoctor

    2-1 Sabres in OT. Konopka gets an assist and is the 3rd star. Larsson +0. Myers gets a goal.

  • JHizzle75

    Moulson gets 2 assists.
    Not sure who Larson is playing with so I’m passing on that prediction.
    Sabres win 3-1

  • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

    I’m comfortable saying Moulson gets a point, but since the Sabres cannot score (again) I would be surprised if they score more than 1 tonight. Now that Miller has made Team USA, could he have a bad outing tonight – too much celebration? :D 2-1 will be the final score – I’m too cowardly to pick a winner!!!!

    • JHizzle75

      Good prediction, Rich!
      Who did you pick to win???? Lol

  • chas territo

    All they did with the pick up of Konopka was placing another now Sabre type on our roster. Pat, get us a GM who knows the game and the players because obviously you have lost the touch!