It’s been awhile since we’ve had a Sabres game to take in. Not that I’m complaining. The hockey we saw in the Olympics was awesome.
But tonight we get back into the swing of things with 22 games left, starting with the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight.
A majority of the team is fresh and the rest should really benefit everyone. Every forward besides Jochen Hecht had two weeks off. The extra rest means Patrick Kaleta can get back into the lineup and — who knows — maybe it can wake up Jason Pominville as well.
For the defense, Henrik Tallinder, Toni Lydman and Andrej Sekera may have played, but the old horses (Craig Rivet and Steve Montador) were able to take it easy and get healthy.
Ryan Miller did not have the Olympic break off, but he’ll have a chance to sit tonight. Patrick Lalime will start and if he has the same game as he did the last time he played the Penguins then the Sabres should be OK.
Will the rest pay off? We’ll find out. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.