Game #57, Blues @ Sabres: Backes Snake Blues
On Wednesday night, the Buffalo Sabres lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs at home for the first time since Barack Obama was elected president of the United States of America. Can’t win em all. Today, Steve Montador and Paul Byron are reinserted into the line-up against the 13th-place St. Louis Blues as the Sabres continue to battle for that elusive 8th playoff spot.
The Sabres were mentally borked Wednesday night against the Leafs, but with the 8th spot still only two points away and energetic players returning to the line-up tonight, the Sabres ought to win and eek out their spot from the Hurricanes.
St. Louis traded away Eric Brewer today to Tampa Bay, which makes things a tad easier for Buffalo to capture 2 points. I’m going to go ahead and assume that David Backes will be acting captain with the Blues’ former helmsman now a Bolt.
With the NHL today unanimously approving Terry Pegula as the new owner of the Buffalo Sabres, will the arena be energized? Yes, yes, and yes. Here’s hoping that if Tom Golisano is in attendance tonight for his last home game as the owner of this team, he’ll hear chants of “Thank you Tom” instead of boos and Bronx cheers.
The Blues are in a bit of an injury funk and are only two spots from the bottom of their conference after a promising start – the Sabres are facing a should win situation here at home tonight. If they can capitalize and continue their two-year winning streak over St. Louis, they may find themselves on the inside looking out for the first time this season. But with a sub-.500 record at HSBC Arena, there’s a better than half chance that the Sabres faithful will be leaving singing the blues.