This is the first installment of many for the preview of the night game. I chose The Buffalo Sabres visiting the Anaheim Ducks. The game can be seen tonight at 10:00 PM. for Sabre fans, it will be on MSG-B and for Ducks fans it will be on Prime. Anaheim has been on a tear since the new year and doesn't seem to be slowing down. They are 6-2-2 in their last 10 games and they are jockeying for the 8th and final playoff spot in the west. They sit at 64 points today, 6 behind the Dallas Stars who have 70.
Buffalo is in a similar position. After new owner Terry Pegula bought the Sabres from Tom Galisano for $189 million, expectations were incredibly high for the team. Pegula invested a ton of money into the team so they could increase payroll and really contend with better teams in the league. Especially after acquiring players like Ville Leino (Free agent signed to a 6 year - $27 million contract), Christian Erhoff (Free agent signed to a 10 year - $40 million contract), and Robyn Regehr (Traded from Calgary). Their pursuit of being a contending team is yet to yield results. Sitting at 62 points they are only 7 points out of 8th right now.
So tonight should be a really great battle of two teams fighting for their playoff lives with time running thin on the regular season. I have Buffalo emerging victorious by a score of 4-1. I feel like Thomas Vanek is going to have a really good game and Ryan Miller is going to return to his old form as the best goaltender in the world. Tune in to this one if you can guys.