Good Life in the Small Town: Pre-Season GD #5

That man above there is likely the best player in terms of all-around game to suit up tonight, which in my opinion (no offense to Jarks) is a bit pathetic. The team is likely resting it’s best players for more important games, but some talent would have been good for a great crowd in Dundas. As I said last night, the only top-6 player on the ice in the J.L. Nightmire Arena is Peter Regin, who should be ready to make his stance on the lineup.

The biggest change is that it will actually be Robin Lehner who plays the full 60 tonight, while Brian Elliott is the back-up in caseo f an emergency. The Sabres, on the other hand have Thomas Vanek, Tim Connolly, Tyler Myers, and Ryan Miller on the slate tonight, likely trying to actually win against Ottawa, even though it’s only pre-season. I would love for a sneak victory tonight by the boys, but simaltaneously would be shocked if that happened. James Cybulski said it right though, it should be at esty affair on small ice in a small arena. This also means goals should come in plenty tonight, especially with the firepower Buffalo has to display tonight.

Watch out for David Hale tonight. He’ll be looking to make an impact and get the spot on the third pairing. He’ll be playing with Matt Carkner, while both past contenders for that last spot, Eric Gryba and Patrick Wiercioch will also be playing tonight. Both have been eseentially ruled out of making the big squad by Cory Clouston, a bumemr bor both but some Binghamton experience will be valuable.

Robin Lehner will play his last game tonight, and if he can come up with a performance as he did against the Maple Leafs in a 5-0 shutout win, I’ll be extremely impressed. Good luck Lehner, you’ll have the reigning Vezina Trophy winner on the other side of the ice. Like hs’ any better, right? RIGHT?!

Sabres take this one 5-4. 4 fights tonight, all won by the Senators and Peter Regin scores a brace. Prediction: Dundas turns into Ottawa Senators territory after this game. Thanks, CBC TSN, close enough I guess.

Tags: Buffalo Sabres David Hale Dundas Jarkko Ruutu Kraft Hockeyville 2010 Paul MacLean Robin Lehner Ryan Miller

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