The last time the Habs met the Sabres in Buffalo I had the pleasure of walking out of HSBC arena with a few thousand overjoyed Habs fans due to the unexpected overtime goal scored on a wacky end-board bounce by Brian Gionta. The chant of Ole! was loud that night, and the ride back accross the border was sweet. It was only the second game of the year, and it took all of my attention just to figure out who was wearing which number.
Tonight’s match-up feels much different. For one Jaroslav Halak will start after Carey got the nod in 9 straight. Carey was the difference in that game in early October. He has still been the difference in almost every game he has won to this point. I’m glad Jaro is back in action tonight however, as I believe we’ll need both if this team has a hope of moving through the standings.
Since that game, the Habs have been decimated with injuries. Kostitsyn is slated to play tonight – which is great news because unless Cammy or Plex is scoring the Habs are innept. If Kostitsyn can get playing the way he was before he went down, the Habs will be much better. Gill is close to returning but will sit again tonight as a healthy scratch.
Here’s hoping the Canadiens can do like that day in October and find a way, however unlikely, to win. Buffalo is playing fantastic lately and Friday night against the Bruins will be far easier if they don’t have the added pressure of an extended losing streak.
Go Habs Go!!