The New York Islanders took on The Buffalo Sabres at First Niagra Center Saturday night in front of a sell out crowd. On Wednesday, Buffalo fired long time coach Lindy Ruff and hired Ron Rolston for the position. Isles big news occurred on Friday when the team placed G Rick DiPietro on waivers.
DiPietro cleared waivers and will play in Bridgeport for the remainder of the season, in all likelihood. He will get plenty of ice time there, and we will see if he can find his game again. I have nothing against DP, but I fear this will be a tall order. Time will tell.
The Isles opened the game with the successful Tavares-Moulson-Boyes line. David Ullstrom was a healthy scratch for the third consecutive game. Hamonic-MacDonald started on D, and Evgeni Nabokov was in goal with Kevin Poulin as his backup.
Still licking their wounds after surrendering yet another game-winning goal within the dying seconds of the third period, this time against the Flyers on Thursday, the Phoenix Coyotes roll into Buffalo this evening to take on the Sabres at 7:00 p.m. EST.
The 2-1 loss was their first of this roadtrip that sees them head over to Washington after the end of this game, eventually returning home to face Anaheim on Wednesday.
Buffalo is counting on Jhonas Enroth to step up in Ryan Miller's absence, as the former is expected to make his fourth start in a row tonight for the 12-7-0 Sabres. Phoenix last beat the Sabres in early 2008, and have lost five games in a ro...
The Sabres boast a very deep and balanced corps of forwards. The one thing they lack is a true star player. Many of the forwards (Leino, Gerbe, Roy and Vanek in particular) are highly skilled, but not (yet, at least) star players. This is not necessarily a problem, however, as history has shown that if a team has three lines that can score they can be a threat to win it all. The Boston Bruins have a good top line, but don't have a true star forward. The Penguins showed this when their big guns missed the second half of last year as well.
The Sabres made a splash on July 1st by inking former Flyer Ville Leino to a six-year deal. Ma...