By John Vogl
OTTAWA -- The Sabres are hours away from putting hockey behind them for a couple of weeks. Their opponent tonight isn't ready to look toward a vacation.
Ottawa is one point out of an Eastern Conference wild-card spot, so the Senators can't afford to look past Buffalo -- especially with a trip to Boston looming Saturday.
"We still have a job to do here the next two games, and we have to make sure that we’re ready to go," said Sens goalie Craig Anderson, who will get the start tonight in Canadian Tire Centre.
The Sabres arrived in Canada's capital as losers of three straight and 10 of the last 12. The Senators are 10-3-4 in their last 17 games, including 3-1-1 in the last five.
"You’ve got to respect your opponent regardless of where they are in the standing," Anderson said. "At any given time during the course of the year, any team can beat anybody. The team that’s most prepared and ready to put in the work is going to come out on top."
The Sabres, playing on back-to-back nights, skipped their chance to have a morning skate. The only player on the ice in the Senators' arena is goalie Ryan Miller, who is taking shots from coach Jim Corsi. Miller is heading to the Olympics but has allowed 10 goals in the last five periods.
The Olympic trade freeze is 3 p.m. Friday.