Note: This story was written by Sabres 101's Lea Natalello
The Atlantic Division's two cellar-dwellers, the Buffalo Sabres and Florida Panthers, meet for the first time this year at 7:30 tonight. The teams have combined for only four wins, with Buffalo coming off a disheartening 5-2 loss to the Boston Bruins on Wednesday.
According to Sabres rookie defenseman Nikita Zadorov, “We can win the next game.” He has faith in the Sabres and in his teammates’ abilities. Zadorov further states that in order to succeed, his team must play more physically and take more shots. Zadorov scored his first career goal Wednesday, and he hopes to carry that momentum over for himself and his team.
The Sabres will be down one man tonight, forward John Scott. He faces an in-person discipline hearing for a hit to the head he delivered Wednesday. Scott, with remorse, defended himself by stating, “I am not a dirty player.”
Not only was Scott ridiculed for the fight, but so was coach Ron Rolston. The coach was called out by Bruins coach Claude Julien for allowing Scott to be on the ice. Julien accused Scott of being on the ice “for two reasons, and that’s either to fight or to hurt.”
Although the Sabres’ 1-9-1 record this season is not exactly impressive, the team’s undying spirit is admirable. Marcus Foligno puts it upon himself to being the energy of the team.
“It’s part of my game” Foligno said at Thursday's practice regarding his role. “I can see myself playing an 82-game season and bringing that energy to every game.”
When asked what he thought should be focused on the most in tonight’s game, Cody Hodgson responded:
“I think everyone needs to play their game. If you’re a scorer you can also check, and if you are a checker you can also score. Everyone needs to play their own game, but at the same time play a full team game. That is the only way we are going to come out of this funk.”
The Panthers (3-6-1) are led on offense by Tomas Fleischmann (two goals, seven assists). Former Sabre Brad Boyes leads in goals with four. Former Bruin Tim Thomas (2-3-0, 3.11 GAA) and Jacob Markstrom (1-3-1, 3.50 GAA) share duties in goal for the fourth-worst defensive team in the NHL.
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