Buffalo Sabres (26-19-5, 7th in east) at Anaheim Ducks (25-22-5, 5th in west)
For some Sabres pokes, see Die by the Blade
Well, according to the Sports Club Stats playoff odds site I referenced on Saturday, if the Ducks can pull out a victory tonight (regulation or OT/SO), their playoff odds will move above 50% for the first time since before visitng New York. And to help solidify the chances of victory, I'm bringing the lucky green shirt to the Honda Center tonight -- though I'll be nowhere near Row B. It's upper deck night for the Sleekster!
Section 435, Row H, for any potential beer buyers or well-wishers.
Congrats are certainly due to Teemu Selanne, who notched the game-winning goal on Saturday as he passed Steve Rucchin for the franchise leader in games played. Even with Selanne's injury, it's stunning to think that the Finnish Flash went 3 1/2 months between even-strength goals. I suppose it's worth mentioning that neither of his even-strength tallies has occurred with Brendan Morrison on the ice.
Also worth congratulating? Ryan Getzlaf, who led all NHLers in January scoring, Scott Niedermayer, who led all NHL defensemen in January scoring, and Bobby Ryan, who led all NHL rookies in January scoring. Let's see if one of them can burst through the east coast bias to get mentioned in the NHL's 3 stars of the month.
Prediction: Will J.S. Giguere sit again? Doesn't matter, Ducks win 5-2. Goals by Rob, Corey, Bobby, Sammy, and Steve.