…and so it begins.
Tonight, the Buffalo Sabres begin the 82-game grind that is the NHL Season. They start against what could be loosely described as their favorite team to play against.
Strong sarcasm aside, Buffalo just seems to be overmatched by the Sens everytime they play them. However, with some added toughness to the roster, and players who are maturing, the Sabres very well could throw the monkey off their back.
BUFFALO: The Sabres added a veteran presence with a Stanley Cup ring and an extra trip to the Finals under his belt. Rob Niedermayer hopes to turn his experience into the winning equation for a Sabres team that still hasn’t seen the Stanley Cup yet. Buffalo also signed Jordan Leopold and Shaone Morrisonn to replace defensemen Henrik Tallinder (Devils) and Toni Lydman (Ducks).
OTTAWA: The Senators signed defenseman (or lack there-of) Sergei Gonchar. Gonchar brings the Senators a wicked point shot and skills as a powerplay quarterback, which should help guys like Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsonn on the special teams unit. The Sens will be going with Pascal LeClaire as their starter tonight, according to the Senators’ Twitter feed.
INJURIES: Jason Spezza will be a game-time decision, although he is doubtful to play. D Philip Kuba will also not play on account of his broken leg.
Buffalo has scratched Nathan Gerbe, Mike Weber, and Chris Butler for the game.