At game 36, I never thought we would be at a turning point of the Buffalo Sabres season but it seems that the direction of the season will start with this game. At roughly the halfway point of the season, the Sabres are sitting as the fifth worse team in the National Hockey League and have now lost their leading scorer for the rest of the season. Most fans, including myself, believe that there is no comeback from this. Even with all this doom and gloom, the Sabres are only eight points out of a playoff spot and could make a run in January and February to make up for the hole they made in the beginning of the season.
The Sabres start their first of two West coast trips with a quick tour of Alberta. The Sabres face the Calgary Flames, a team that has been struggling just as much as the Sabres have. The Flames are 15-18-3, one point better than the Sabres, and there has been talk all season about the possible movement of captain and face of the franchise Jarome Iginla.
The Sabres lineup still appears to be up in the air in how the Sabres are going to replace Derek Roy. The Sabres currently have Rob Niedermayer, Luke Adam, Jochen Hecht, and Paul Gaustad as their only centers in the lineup with Tim Connolly still out for the next game or two. Lines should be settled during today's morning practice.
How the Sabres play tonight and tomorrow against the Edmonton Oilers and in the next five games will decide how the next four months will play out for this season. If nothing else, the Sabres have a bunch of unrestricted and restricted free agents heading into the trade deadline.