There's no doubt that Days of Y'Orr hates Buffalo, both the city and the team. It's apparent that we're not the only ones anymore. Tom Brady came out and said the Buffalo hotels are the worst and yesterday Brad Marchand told WEEI that Buffalo is the worst city in the NHL. So does hating on Buffalo before it was cool make us Buffalo hipsters? Who knows. What I do know is that the Buffalo Sabres are such a pathetic organization. I mean, how many people picked them to win the Northeast Division and where are they currently sitting in the NHL? For those playing along at home, that's 12th overall. 12th overall in the Eastern Conference for a team that has the 6th highest payroll in the NHL (per capgeek.com). You know what that spells out to me? That their new owner came in and threw shitty contracts at shitty players and expected them to shit diamonds.
But I'm sure a lot of the Buffalo fans will come back here and say "Well the last time we played you, we won 6-0 so suck on that!", well suck on this "friend", the Bruins are 2-1 against the Sabres this season. I'm willing to give Boston a pass on that 6-0 drubbing they took because the team wasn't in a good place. Fact is fact though, if Buffalo wanted to prove they were a tough team, they would've done it in November when Lucic ran down Ryan Miller. Instead, the Sabres waited until the "revenge game" a week later when Lucic beat the shit out of Gaustad like he was his stepchild.
So please excuse me if I can't take the Sabres seriously. It's just like when Matt Cooke elbowed Savard back into 1985 and the Bruins just watched. They were a bunch of pussies until Cam Neely took over the presidency and went all Sea Bass on their collective asses. That is your Buffalo Sabres team. When your agitator is Patrick Kaleta, you're doing it wrong.
The fucking Sabres man. I don't get why people believed they could overtake Boston for Northeast Division supremacy. They're not a tough team, which is something you need if you're going to beat Boston. Everyone believes that speed can beat the Bruins, but as you saw in the playoffs last season, speed can't overtake brawn. The Bruins muscled their way through Montreal, Philly and Tampa in the East. They muscled their way into the soul of the Vancouver Canucks and sucked it dry.
The Buffalo Sabres can't hang with the Bruins.
They can't do it in between the pipes, they can't do it defensively and they can't do it offensively. They can't do it in the trophy case, they can't do it with banners, they can't do it with anything! The only thing they have is the buffalo wing and I'm sure if the city of Boston cared enough to spice a dead chicken, it would probably taste better too.
I guess I can't be too mad at the city of Buffalo. They're going to lose their football team to Toronto and become the Toronto Bills. The NBA and MLB would rather play in a communist country like China than bring a team to their city. The only thing really going for them is that they have a huge ass horeshoe style waterfall that is visited by children and old people on a daily basis. Being mad at them is like being mad at a homeless person begging for change, its all they know.
Losing is in their blood. Who are we to deny them their right to be the laughing stock of a sport?
Two of the greatest players in Buffalo history, for one thing or another.
I expect the Bruins to come out tonight and just rip people's heads off. I expect Patrick Kaleta to be on a spike outside of the Garden for Tuesday's game against the Senators. The Bruins play well when faced with adversity and I don't think they'll take kindly to being humiliated last time in Buffalo.
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Bruins' Projected Lineup
Rask has to play at some point, right?
Milan Lucic - Chris Kelly - David Krejci
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Tyler Seguin
Jordan Caron - Carter Camper - Beniot Pouliot
Dan Paille - Greg Campbell - Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg - Joe Corvo
Adam McQuaid - Andrew Ference
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Game Day Video
Video footage of the Sabres Stanley Cup Parade: