As the season winds down, the Buffalo Sabres (19-37-8) still haven’t faced off against every team in the National Hockey. They get one step closer to closing out the season tonight as they face the Nashville Predators (27-28-10).
Despite being thirty-eight points ahead of the Buffalo Sabres – tonight’s battle pits the worst team in the Atlantic division with the worst team in the Central Division.
This will be the sixteenth time the two teams meet since the Nashville Predators joined the National Hockey League. Buffalo has a 7-6-2 record against the Predators.
At First Niagara Center, the Buffalo Sabres are 1-4-2 against the Nashville Predators.
Tonight’s game is an early start – 7PM at First Niagara Center.
The Buffalo Sabres are still trying to piece together a roster that can compete in the National Hockey League. After dismantling the “core” of the current edition of the Buffalo Sabres with sending Ryan Miller, Steve Ott, and Matt Moulson away on the trade deadline – the Buffalo Sabres have also been bitten by an injury bug. While the Rochester Americans have stood tall in their back filling of the Buffalo Sabres roster – it isn’t helping Ted Nolan build any sort of chemistry in the locker room.
Buffalo has had a day of rest since losing to the defending Stanley Cup champions the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday. Nashville will skate into Buffalo tonight along with the winter storm having played last night with the Ottawa Senators. Nashville needed extra time to defeat the Senators.
Being in last place in the Central division, Barry Trotz wants the Nashville Predators to stay the course, and get through this tough period of resistance.
“We’ve got to battle through some resistance right now. The resistance is we’re not scoring any goals and therefore we’re not winning any hockey games, but we can’t cheat all over the ice and try to score goals because that’s a good way to get goals scored against you. So we’re just trying to stay the course and do what we’re doing, but do what we do better offensively and hopefully we’ll get some finish around the net.” –NHL.com
You have to wonder though how much longer does Barry Trotz have as a lifeline in Nashville? Trotz has been with the franchise since the inception, and his teams have made the playoffs fifty percent of the time – but have never made it out of the second round.