It had been over 550 days since the team last took the ice in a regular season game. And it was worth the wait!
The Sabres defeated the New York Islanders 6-4 in a wonderfully entertaining contest that saw the new rules enforced to full effect. Daniel Briere and Maxim Afinogenov both scored twice while J.P. Dumont and Brian Campbell notched single markers.
I decided to splurge on season tickets this year so I was at the game on Wednesday night. What a fantastic hockey game! Lots of great skating, big hits, tons of goals…this is what the league needed! There were a lot of penalties, as the refs continue to call EVERYTHING but that’s okay. The players will learn…
The Sabres are being picked to finish near the bottom of the conference by most experts but I’m telling you right now that this team will contend for a playoff spot. The depth they have at forward is among the best in the league; mark my words – Buffalo will be in the top ten in scoring this year. They’ll need their defense to play very solid and most definitely need their goaltender to step up and have a big year. Rookie Ryan Miller is being given the chance to prove he deserves the #1 man and he looked really nervous and unfocused on Wednesday. Luckily for him, the offense came through but he’ll need to be better if the Sabres have a chance to succeed.
The Sabres are at home tonight versus the Boston Bruins but I sold off my tickets to a buddy who’s a Bruins fan. I’ll be attending the Sabres/Penguins game on Monday night. Sidney Crosby comes to Buffalo! I’ll try to take a few pictures at the game and post them here.