There are more important things happening in Arizona these days, so it’s easy to forget that the Coyotes are sitting in the playoffs right now. No really, see for yourself. Eighth place and everything.
If you remember the last time the Sabres played in Phoenix, well, I’m sorry to hear that. The Backup Who Must Not Be Named was in and gave up a ton of goals, and the afternoon game was a snoozer for the Sabres offense. It was an all out disaster, and I’m pretty sure that was the last game Miller didn’t play in until the season finale.
But much like with Buffalo, things are quite different for Phoenix. Lots of roster turnover, with Oli Jokinen picked up from Florida and joining Shane Doan as the big guns on the Coyotes. They’ve gotten strong goaltending from Bryzgalov, and lots of scoring from top to bottom. In fact, 14 players have at least ten points, which is pretty good balance.
I honestly haven’t seen the Coyotes play much this year, so I’m not sure how things will go tonight. I do know it won’t be as easy as most people expect, but hopefully the Sabres can bring the same energy tonight as they’ve had the first two games this week. They obviously ran out of gas on Wednesday, but the effort was there for sure.
9PM from Jobing Arena. Another late start time tonight, but hopefully they won’t start skating late.