The Sabres Observer
by @DaveDavisHockey on 11/19/11 at 02:04 PM ET
The Buffalo Sabres have played 50 regular season games in their home building since the start of the 2010-11 campaign, and they’ve only won half of them. After coming out on top in last night’s 1-0 snoozer in Carolina, the Sabres will play 10 of their next 12 games in front of their faithful yet occasionally cranky fans. I’ve just been informed by Captain Obvious that this would be a great time for Buffalo to shed its moniker as underwhelming in Buffalo.
Lindy Ruff on so many occasions has shown a knack for pushing the right buttons. His shifting of Derek Roy to the top line with Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville in the third period of the Montreal game helped spark his team to a huge comeback win. His one-game benching of Tyler Myers seemed to time warp the kid back to his glory days of 2009.
Does Ruff have any more magic up his sleeve that could be used to make his team a tad more miserable to play against at home? Should he engage in mind games and make them stay at the Adam’s Mark Hotel while enjoying team bonding days taking in the sights at Niagara Falls? What would his former coach and master mentalist Scotty Bowman do in this situation?
There isn’t much time to figure it out. The Sabres host a solid Phoenix Coyotes club tonight, followed by a highly anticipated affair on Wednesday against Martin Lucic and the Boston Bruins.
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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.
Davis originally garnered media attention in 2002 as leader of a lobbying campaign working in unison with potential buyer Mark Hamister attempting to secure state financing to keep the Sabres in Buffalo. In 2004, Davis was briefly back on the airwaves - this time reaching the finals of the inaugural "WGR Rookie" sports talk competition. After a few years of "syndicating" his articles on various sites, along with doing some internet radio work, Davis now devotes his new media efforts to bringing quality Sabres related opinions and content to Kukla's Korner.
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