One of these teams sits at the top of the heap, while the other tries to sink lower with the fire sale to rid the team of the former regime and its players and core. The Buffalo Sabres (17-34-8) look to make it three in a row against the San Jose Sharks (38-6-6). There 2013-2014 record suggest polar opposites, but the battles between the teams have been far from that storyline.
While the Buffalo Sabres look to remain perfect after the Olympic break – and bring in their third win a row at home – the Sharks will try and get on the winning side of the Buffalo Sabres. In the last ten meetings between the two teams, the Sabres are 8-2 against the Sharks, and a slightly better 9-1-0 at home against the San Jose squad.
The last time the two teams faced off it was in San Jose’s barn – and the Sabres used a shootout to take the game 5-4. This will be the first time that Ted Nolan gets to see the Sharks. The Sharks have only won once in Buffalo in their franchises history.
For the Buffalo Sabres – the end of an era has arrived – most certainly. This is the final home game for the team before the NHL trade deadline – so it is most likely the last time that Ryan Miller will wear a dark blue Sabres sweater. Whether or not he plays is the question still up in the air. While he played in the teams first game back – rumor has it that the team will allow Jhonas Enroth to take the crease at this point to prevent any chance of injury to the goaltender.
Buffalo last played on Wednesday – while San Jose skated to a 7-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Both teams are coming in with momentum. The Sabres are coming in with a two game streak – the Sharks on a three game streak.
While it is uncertain about the future of the goalie position in Buffalo – the Sabres will be facing Antti Niemi.
Game time is 7PM tonight