The Sabres are at an odd place as they visit Colorado. They came home during a lull in the World Juniors and beat Boston in a wild 7-6 affair, after we all declared the season and the offense dead minus Derek Roy. The Avs aren’t exactly going gangbusters right now either, 1-4-1 in their last 6 and 4 straight home losses. It’s apparently Peter Budaj instead of Anderson, so add another backup to the tally, though neither one is good right now:
Budaj, who will make just his second start in the past month, hasn’t been any better than Anderson. He’s 1-1-2 with a 4.18 GAA in four starts since Nov. 27.
Budaj has done well against Buffalo, but if the ’11 goals in past 2 games’ Sabres show up, Colorado may find themselves getting blown out. I’d settle for any kind of win, even a shootout, as bonus points given up to the West don’t matter.