Last year, the Sabres despite as many as four starting defensemen hurt lost to the Hurricanes in a hard fought seven games. I’ll never forget my diehard buddy Brian’s reaction when Carolina won. It was a tirade of epic proportions. Who could blame him?
A Buffalo fan could only take so much pain and heartache.
The Sabres’ opponent knows something about that. Since coming to the NHL as an expansion team in 1992-93, Ottawa has built a solid foundation by making the postseason 10 consecutive seasons since ‘96-97 when they upset the top seeded Devils in six games.