Another weekend, another pair of back to back games for the Sabres. Tonight they host the Florida Panthers (7:30pm start, take note) and tomorrow it’s the New Jersey Devils. Steve Montador and Jochen Hecht practiced and may return, though lineup changes may be tough to justify. Unless the Sabres burn one of the few remaining non-emergency callups they have, Mancari would have to go back if someone gets back in. He’s played well (Lindy said Mancari/Gerbe/Gaustad might be their best line right now) so it’ll be interesting to see what is done.
For Florida’s part, they’ve been shut out the past two games, by Chicago and the Rangers. If I’m Ruff, and Enroth is in the plans for this weekend, I’d be tempted to put him in tonight. Don’t think it happens though, with Miller fresh off a shutout. Speaking of, it was GREAT to see Miller finally out-duel another good goalie. If that can continue on into the playoffs, there’s no team they’d face in the first round that would intimidate me.
New Jersey’s run is over, as they’ve fallen 9 points back of the Sabres and 8th place. They’ve lost 3 of four, managing just 4 goals, and will also be on the downslope of a back to back. I hesitate to ‘expect’ 4 points out of these games, but if I’m Buffalo, I’d be disappointed with anything less.