Tuesday’s win in St. Louis against one of the league’s top teams was without a doubt, one of the biggest of the season for the Ottawa Senators. But it won’t mean a whole lot if they can’t take care of business against the NHL’s last place team in the Buffalo Sabres.
There are certainly no easy games in this league anymore but there are definitely games you should win. The Senators are battling for their playoff lives right now and need to find a way to come away with a couple points against a Sabres team that has struggled all season.
Tonight marks the fourth head to head matchup between the two teams this season. The previous three games have all been decided by a single goal. Buffalo is in a tough back to back situation, having played a home game against the Penguins last night.
No changes expected to the Ottawa line up. Both Chris Phillips and Mark Stone appear to be inching towards a return but neither will play tonight against the Sabres. Paul MacLean has also resisted the temptation to insert Matt Kassian into the lineup despite the presence of John Scott. Good move by the Coach. Here’s how they lined up at the morning skate.
Craig Anderson gets the start for the Senators. Jhonas Enroth is expected to start for the Sabres after Ryan Miller played last night against the Penguins.
Puck drop is schedule for just after 7:30 PM. Last chance to see the Sens on home ice before the Olympic break so let’s make sure the Canadian Tire Centre is packed for this one.