The Buffalo Sabres (20-42-8) continue their Western Conference road trip as they face off against the Vancouver Canucks (32-30-10).
While the Buffalo Sabres have known they would playing spoiler despite their recent elimination from the playoffs on a mathematical level, the Canucks are very much still in play as a bubble team for the final wild card spot in the Western Conference. With California ruling the Pacific division with strong teams in San Jose, Los Angeles, and Anaheim, wild card is the only way to go for the Canucks.
Buffalo Sabres vs Vancouver Canucks – Class of 1970
Both the Sabres and the Canucks share the same history, including a period of bad sweaters. Although the Vancouver ugly sweater era lasted a lot longer than the Buff-a-Slug era.
Once the Buffalo Sabres are out of contention, I have no problem picking up the banner of another team to root them on in the playoffs – until I will stand firm in rooting against the Canucks however, as I want the Sabres to be the first team out of the class of 1970 to win a Stanley Cup. After we have one, then Vancouver can win one.
Both of these teams are looking different after the trade deadline, and will be facing off for the second time this season. Vancouver won the last meeting of these two clubs back on October 17th – a 3-0 decision in Buffalo.
This will be the 112th time these two teams meet, and when Buffalo visits Vancouver, they are 17-27-11. Nathan Lieuwen will be getting his second start as a Buffalo Sabres – since being activated to fill in for the injured Jhonas Enroth. For Lieuwen this is a home game of sorts, as he hails from Abbotsford, British Columbia.
Vancouver is seeking back to back wins for the first time since before the Olympic break, and are hoping that the return of Daniel Sedin and possibly Ryan Kesler will help give them the edge to push them into the playoff picture.
“It’s a big two points, we can’t afford to lose anymore hockey games.”
Game time is slated for 5PM local time tonight so if you are watching from the 716 its on at 8PM.