Habs Shuffle off to Buffalo
Ten days left to the NHL trade deadline, and the 13th place Habs are shuffling off to Buffalo to meet the 14th place Sabres. Yes, a battle of the titans. Sabres were picked by many pundits to finish high in the eastern conference standings, but they've obviously proven not to be as good as advertised.
In their last game, mere hours before tonight's tilt, the Sabres would lose a 7-2 contest to the Flyers in what can only be described as a lack-luster performance. The Habs on the other hand are coming of one of their better performances of the season in their shootout loss to the Bruins two nights ago. In their last game, the Habs showed grit and determination, albeit in a losing cause. Hopefully they can come out playing the same way.
Both teams are in desperate need of wins and are much better on paper than their records show. It will be interesting to see what each team does in the coming months to improve, including managerial changes. I am sure the new owner of the Sabres is not real happy with the results so far and Terry Pegula does not strike me as a patient guy. As far as the ownership in Montreal goes - all I keep thinking is Nero fiddles while Habs fans burn.
Both teams have shown inconsistency this season, so it will be interesting to see which one of them shows up first. At this mornings skate all hands were on deck for the Habs, including Yannick Weber, who is coming back from injury and will be replacing Chris Campoli. Carey Price is slated to be in goal.
The Sabres were holding a team meeting this morning so no details about lineups. Suffice it to say it will likely be Miller in net for tonight's contest.
I expect both teams to come out of the gate hard, so we'll see which team ends up being Jekyll and which one hides.