02 November 2011
For the first time since dispatching them in last year's playoffs, the Flyers are in Buffalo to take on the Sabres in a great Eastern Conference battle. Two teams that have both stumbled a bit early on will be looking to start off right in November. Ex-Flyer Billy Leino, who charmed our hearts the last two years with his massive beard and timely scoring is now dead to us. He's centering Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville for chrissake. Ville Leino was underground, then got huge, and now just sucks. Ville Leino is Coldplay.
Similiar to Philly, Buffalo's roster a has a ton of new guys this year. Aside from Leino, a smart move made by Buffalo GM Terry Pegula was to bring in Robyn Reghr to anchor the blueline. Add the ex-Flame alongside the langly gangly stupid faced Tyler Myers and you got some studs right in front of American hero Ryan Miller. Buffalo hasn't scored a lot but doesn't give up that much either. It'll be interesting to see which team leads the attack. Flyers should be able to carry play, but the speed of the Sabres scurrs me a bit. Life without Pronger continues for a bit longer, so the pressure will be on Bryz and Timonen and Coburn to keep the Flyers in the game defensively.
I like hating the Sabres, and I think you should too. They are a good team that will be in the Eastern Conference mix all year. They're also a deep team, and if it wasn't for Nathan Gerbe, I'd even say a tall team. They have the perfect mix of guys you wish you had and guys you wouldn't pee on if they suddenly burst into flames. In a perfect world Zac Rinaldo and goat boy Patrick Kaleta will toss some mittens early on tonight to get this thing cranked to 11. Last year's playoff battle renewed a great rivalry between these two clubs, and tonight begins the next chapter. Fuck Billy Leino and fuck the Sabres. Let's Go Flyers.
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