NEWARK, N.J. -- No morning skate for the Sabres today as they opted to stay back at the hotel for a meeting to prepare for tonight's game against the Devils. No doubt the topics of the meeting will include that terrible first period in Friday night's loss to Ottawa.
The Devils had a light optional skate in the Prudential Center and it's confirmed that Johan Hedberg will start in goal in place of Martin Brodeur. I remain pretty convinced the Sabres go with Patrick Lalime.
Even at this early stage of the season, pretty hard to believe we're looking at the teams that are 13th and 14th in the East standings. And get this: A win tonight by Florida over the Islanders combined with a Sabres loss would drop Buffalo into the conference cellar. Holy moly.
A word from last night on Daniel Alfredsson's 1000th career point: Alfredsson is the fifth player to post No. 1000 against Buffalo. The others were Montreal's Henri Richard (Dec. 20, 1973 at the Aud), the Islanders' Denis Potvin (April 4, 1987 at Nassau Coliseum), Detroit's Steve Yzerman (Feb. 24, 1993 at the Aud in a 10-7 Buffalo win that also featured Alexander Mogilny's 60th goal of the season), and Mogilny himself for Toronto at HSBC Arena on March 15, 2004.
(Thanks to Sabres information director Kevin Snow and the Elias Sports Bureau for that note).