'Peca would fill in many of the Flames' gaps and supply the leadership they lack. Plus, the Buffalo Sabres would be more than happy to see their holdout headache go west instead of joining a potential playoff foe in the east.'
Although Buffalo's two games against them would say otherwise, most of the NHL hasn't had fear of being electrocuted by the Lightning.
'[Sabres] are 4-1 after allowing five goals or more the previous game.'
'"We've put it behind us already," Ruff said of the brutal defeat that snapped an impressive four-game win streak, including two victories over New Jersey and one over Ottawa. "We only looked at one clip, and that one clip summed up everything."'
'Tampa Bay is the worst NHL road team with four wins.'
Inside — really inside — the Numbers of the Sabres 7-3 loss to the Coyotes.
Here was a classic example of the sheer brute strength a power forward can use to dominate the opposition.
'"Soft play in our own zone killed us," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "We lost the one-on-one battles. They skated a little better, and they won the battle in special teams. They won the fight. They won the goaltending. They won offensively. "That leads up to getting smoked."'
'There was a sense Roenick and Tkachuk were trying to enjoy the fun while it lasts. They're intent on extracting every ounce of skill from one another before the March 13 trade deadline, and they had a ball Friday night. Roenick scored in each period, all three coming with help from Tkachuk.'
'Dominik Hasek was given an early shower after allowing four goals through two periods, including Jeremy Roenick's 400th, his first of three on the night.'
'After 178 minutes and 22 seconds, somebody finally found a way to slip a puck past Buffalo Sabres goalie Dominik Hasek. And then the floodgates opened.'
'The top line of Jeremy Roenick, Keith Tkachuk and Shane Doan combined for five goals and eight assists in demolishing the Dominator, Dominik Hasek.'
'Roenick wound up scoring two more times for his ninth career hat trick as the Coyotes rolled past the Sabres 7-3 with their highest offensive output of the season.'
'Stu Barnes, Curtis Brown and J.P. Dumont scored for Buffalo, which blew a chance to win five straight for the first time in three seasons.'
'"We will look at it as a lesson learned," said Buffalo center Stu Barnes. "We will see some video from it, try to correct our mistakes and go from there."'