It’s been awhile since the Sabres have touched home ice as they’ve just wrapped up a six-game road trip. Face off against the Leafs from HSBC Arena is at 7:30 p.m. tonight and then the Sabres must head back on the road to Montreal on Friday and Ottawa on Saturday. The scheduling gods can be cruel.
The good news is that Teppo Numminen should be on the ice tonight and Rick Jeanneret will be back up in the press box calling the action. Jaroslav Spacek might even be back for Friday’s game.
Numminen is recovering from minor jaw surgery and missed the entire road trip. Marc-Andre Gragnani was decent in Numminen’s absence, but expect the young defenseman to be sent back down to Portland soon.
Rookie Justin Pogge has been called up from the AHL and will start for a Toronto that’s currently nine points out of a playoff spot. Ryan Miller will start for the Sabres.
Dr. Mirtle projects that the Sabres will need to finish roughly three games over .500 the rest of the way if they want to return to the postseason. It starts tonight.
In other Sabres news, the regular season finale at home against Boston on April 11 has been given a 4 p.m. puck drop. With the earlier start time, it will give Sabres fans a chance to watch two other games at 7 p.m. that might have playoff implications in the East: Pittsburgh at Montreal and Washington at Florida.