'"If they're not the most improved team in the league, I don't know who is," an Eastern Conference scout says. "They've got a lot of skilled guys (at forward) who compete, and they're good enough defensively that if they get the goaltending, they're a playoff contender for sure."'
Archives for November 24, 2003
'"We're going to have some success if we play that hard on the road," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said after the game. "You're a little worried coming in there at 3 in the morning and (the Lightning) don't play the night before. We spent all night getting here, but our team came out and played a really good first period. They came on a little in the second, but I think in the third period we really took it to them again."'
'The Sabres are 3-1-1 over their past five games in Sunrise, Fla.'
'Here's the rub: Cherry's view is understandable, particularly since he's not versed in the local market, but Gare and Ray, should have at least challenged the statement. One or both, quite familiar with the issues in this market and the franchise, should have stated or re-stated some of the obvious points that factored into the decision to play in Rochester and why Buffalo has had difficulty selling tickets even with reduced prices.'
'G Martin Biron, the brother of Panthers defenseman Mathieu Biron, may start. He's 3-4-1 against the Panthers with a 2.57 goals-against average. They are 0-9 when allowing the first goal.'