I was searching on the interwebs a while back and discovered that there are two HSBC Arenas. The first one is, of course, in Buffalo, New York; but there is another one in Rio de Janeiro.
Right now it seems like the Sabres would have a better win percentage if they played in Brazil. Since starting out like gangbusters, the Sabres play has deteriorated significantly, and it starts with their play at home. As of tonight they take a 5-5-1 record, inherently mediocre record for a team slipping closer and closer to “average.”
A lot has been said about what the Sabres need to do to start winning, but for me it starts with their play at home. Boston is a tough team, but any game at the Arena is winnable. The problem is that their play has been subpar and the crowds have followed suit. Thy haven’t been outright booing anyone, but the atmosphere that existed as recently as last season just hasn’t been there.
It’s true, there hasn’t been much to cheer about, but I think it’s safe to say the significant home ice advantage just isn’t there anymore. If this team is going to be a factor in the postseason it has to have a home record above .500, and if there was ever a time to get it going it would be tonight.
Boston has been the monkey on Buffalo’s back for quite some time now. They just can’t close this team out, and if they are going to stop he free fall they need to start beating good teams. Boston is for real, I’m convinced of that now, but I’m not as sure about this Sabres team anymore.
It’s going to be rowdy tonight, as every day-before-Thanksgiving game is. I don’t care who is in the lineup tonight, just play sixty minutes. Lindy is running out of cliches and you’re running out of time. It’s not a must win tonight, but it’s pretty damn important if you ask me.
Sixty minutes in front of your home crowd. That’s all I ask.