The Sabres Observer
by @DaveDavisHockey on 03/26/11 at 11:45 AM ET
The Sabres have picked a good time to resolve their issues on home ice. After last night’s 4-2 win over Florida, thanks in large part to a big night for Drew Stafford (2 goals, 1 assist), Buffalo is on a 5-1-2 run at home.
Tonight the Sabres are back at it again as the New Jersey Devils invade HSBC Arena. A week or two ago there was the potential for this to be a spotlight game, but that’s not the case now. Even a Devils win tonight would still leave them eight points out of 8th in the East. Ilya Kovalchuk brought out the concession speech in front of the media last night:
“If Buffalo wins [vs. Florida], I think we’re done,” Kovalchuk said following Friday’s 1-0 shootout loss in Pittsburgh. “Still, we’ve got to play for pride for our fans. Just make a push and feel better for next year.”
There was some good pace to much of last night’s game vs. the Panthers, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see a low scoring defensive battle tonight. To be honest, Buffalo and New Jersey have played some real snoozers over the past few years. But with playoff fever ramping up here, the Sabres will gladly forsake style points for standings points.
Update 10:52 am: Colin White and Anton Volchenkov both doubtful for the Devils tonight
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Dave Davis has covered the Buffalo Sabres for various NHL accredited websites and newspapers since 2003. He was the senior writer and Sabres correspondent for The Fourth Period, covered hockey for Western New York Sports and Leisure Magazine, and has had articles featured on NHL.com, FOX Sports, Yahoo Sports and in New York Sportscene. Sabres news and notes can be found on his Twitter page.
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