- The Sabres begin a grueling stretch, as they will play 14 games in 28 days
beginning Tuesday night as they travel to Pittsburgh to meet the conference
rival Penguins. The next night, they return to Buffalo to face the Colorado
Avalanche. This week will see the Sabres play 4 games in 6 nights to begin the
Beginning Sunday at Washington, the Sabres will be playing every second night
- getting only one day off between games that will stretch through February
21st. March doesn't get any easier as they have 13 games in that month.
Buffalo finds itself only 3 points behind division leading Toronto and two
points from 2nd place in the division. At the present time, the Sabres are in
6th place in the Conference Standings, 7 points behind the Philadelphia Flyers
who lead the conference with 63 points.
With the Sabres win over the LA Kings Saturday night, the team gave the sold
out crowd of 18,595 a solid, 3 period effort. The play of the team, and the
win, seems to have restored a little confidence to the Sabres who struggled
after the all-star break.
Geoff Sanderson, the first star of the game, had a very good night with 3
assists as his speed made it difficult for the Kings to contain his line. His
mates were Brian Holzinger and Derek Plante and this trio was the best line
Saturday. The Plante-Sanderson-Holzinger line has the fastest skaters playing
together, forcing the opponent to play defensively.
Lindy Ruff made many changes for that game and used different combinations
throughout. Each line contributed to the win and Lindy Ruff even praised the
line of Primeau - Ray - and Kruse for their hard work.
Against the Kings, Dominick Hasek was back on his game. He wasn't really
tested against the Kings as the Sabres were back-checking quickly. The Sabres
have allowed the fewest number of goals in the National Hockey League with 92.
Philadelphia and Dallas have allowed 94.
The GM, Darcy Regier, stated he would not make a trade for trade's sake. While
he did not rule out making any deals, he stated he would act only with the
best interests of the team in mind. Many names have been popping out in trade
talks that included, Barnaby and Sanderson from the Sabres, Wendel Clark,
Chris Chelios, Eric Daze, Pavel Bure, Brendan Shanahan and others. The problem
with many veteran players is that they would become free agents next season
and if they were to bolt, the Sabres would have given up players (including
highly regarded prospects) for "renting" that veteran.
Ruff stated he would now be looking for consistency from his team as "The
- <A HREF="http://www.canoe.com/HockeyBuffalo/feb21_sab_CP.html">Sabres
interested in Messier?</A>. Still waiting for something to happen.Time is
slipping by . Messier with his playoff experience would be a great addition.