Oilers vs. Sabres Preview: Battle For Basement Continues In Buffalo
The Buffalo Sabres and Edmonton Oilers are currently separated by one point for worst record in the National Hockey League. Tonight's result may go a long way in determining the winner of the McDavid sweepstakes.
Edmonton Oilers (4-8-1) at
Buffalo Sabres (3-9-2)
The Buffalo Sabres have been getting points lately. Three points in their last two games and six points in their last six games. Depending on how strongly you feel about this may be a good thing or the start of a supremely disappointing season. The Oilers have lost their last three games, including giving up four unanswered goals in the third period to the Boston Bruins on Thursday night. These facts put the gap between the Sabres and Oilers at just one point for worst in the league.
If you're rooting for the Sabres to lose every time, you may want to skip this paragraph. The Sabres have had some recent success against the Oilers, going 7-1 in their last eight meetings. In those eight games, the Sabres have outscored Edmonton 31-14, most of which was highlighted by a 10-2 victory back in 2009. In terms of the current roster, there probably won't be any changes from Wednesday night. Marcus Foligno was slated to skate this morning, but probably won't be ready until tomorrow Andre Benoit will start in place of Tyson Strachan.
Three Questions For Tonight
1.) Can Drew Stafford continue to find the score sheet?
Stafford has three points in the last four games and scored the Sabres' lone goal on Wednesday night. He also averages more than a point per game against the Oilers in his career, nine points (7+2) in six career games.
2.) Will the Sabres continue to get standings points?
For the sake of all that is McDavid, hopefully not.
3.) Will you be getting a RJ hat to support Hockey Fights Cancer?
Alright, so I'm cheating with this last question, but it gives me a chance to highlight this. The Sabres will be selling limited edition "RJ" hats tonight in the concourse for $20 as part of Hockey Fights Cancer night. These hats will be sold until they sell out, which I'm sure will be quickly so act fast when you get to the arena.