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The Buffalo Sabres began a five game road trip on Saturday night in Montreal, a game they eventually lost 4-2.  The loss dropped the Sabres road record to 0-2 on the season and what could be a loss of confidence.  That couldn't be farther from the truth, the Sabres were the best road team in the Eastern Conference last season with a 25-12-4 record and to a man they plan on using that stat to give them confidence on the current road trip.

The road trip continues tomorrow night in Carolina before shifting to Florida nad games with the Florida Panthers (Friday) and the Tampa Bay Lightning (Saturday).  The road trip concludes in Boston on Thursday November 1st.  It sounds like a very tough road trip with Carolina, Tampa Bay and Boston all playing really well but the Sabres are a confident bunch in spite of a 3-4 record and 0-2 record on the road.  This road trip will be a true early season test for Buffalo and will give us an idea of where this team is headed.  The goals of most teams on road trips are to be 500 but with the Sabres it's different they strive to be above 500.  In order for this to be a successful road trip they will need to get six of a possible eight points remaining, sounds like a tough task, let's see if they are up to it.

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Sabres defenseman Jaroslav Spacek practiced on a limited basis on Monday, it was one week after he suffered an injury against the Toronto Maple Leafs.  If they are able to get Spacek back at any time on this road trip it would be a big boost, especially to the power play.  Spacek has three of the Sabres eight power play goals on the season and the team had scored a power play goal in four consecutive games before missing Spacek from the lineup.  In those four games the Sabres were 7-for-28 on the power play and they are 1-for-11 in Spacek's absence.  Spacek was a guy who was heavily criticized for his play last season but he was off to a good start and it will be good to see him in the lineup.