So… know of any huge games tonight?
Needless to say, this one has to be at the top of the NHL docket tonight. The Sens are streaking and they’re coming to HSBC Arena to try to continue their inexplicable mastery of the Sabres.
Buffalo hasn’t been playing their best of late, and tonight they’ll be without Patrick Kaleta, who is out with a bruised foot suffered Monday in Pittsburgh, and Steve Montador, who’ll be in the press box due to being shitty for the last two weeks. Can Andrej Sekera spark a victory? Maybe.
Things in play tonight:
- Ottawa is on a 9 game winning streak. Since a 6-1 loss in Atlanta on January 12, the Sens have picked up 2 points in each game, including wins over Pittsburgh, Chicago and New Jersey.
- Sabres are riding a 12 game unbeaten streak at HSBC Arena, going 9-0-3 since December 7.
- The Senators have owned the Sabres, winning all three meetings to date this season. The Sabres collected a single point, in a shootout loss in Buffalo. The Sabres were 1-4-1 against the Sens last season.
- Chris Neil is a douche.
The most important aspect of tonight’s game is the implications on the Northeast Division race. The Sabres, once comfortably ahead of Ottawa and the other slob teams in the division (Not just Toronto… I’m looking at you, Boston), now only hold a mere five point edge on the Senators, with two games in hand.
Do the math. An Ottawa win and they’re only 3 points back with about 25 games to go. A Buffalo win not only breaks the Sens’ stranglehold on the Sabres’ psyche, but adds a valuable buffer and takes away two potential points from Ottawa.
If there’s any game to step up and win, tonight is the perfect candidate. Especially because the Sens are a bunch of dicks.