Just a quick reminder: I'll be chatting live from the News at 1 p.m. on Thursday. Had to move it up again because I'm covering the Canisius-Niagara men's basketball game on Friday night. Also, I'll be back for my second annual Super Bowl chat, live from the easy chair in Mike and Liz Schmand's living room in North Buffalo. I'm expecting to get the chat started shortly after 5 p.m. on Sunday. Should be lots to talk about.
Tonight, I'm covering Sabres-Ottawa at the Arena. I'm calling it the biggest game of the year. The Senators have won nine in a row and have crept to within five points of the Sabres in the Northeast Division. The Sabres haven't lost in regulation at home in their last 12 games. But they've lost seven in a row to their division rival. Ottawa is 23-6-4 against Buffalo in the regular season since the lockout. So it's about time for the Sabres to end this Senators bugaboo and restore some distance in the division race.
It's scoreless after a period, which was dominated by the Sabres. They had some terrific shifts and several scoring chances -- including a near-goal that was swept away by Anton Volchenkov as it was about to cross the goal-line. The play was reviewed and it looked very close, but there was no overhead view so the officials allowed the call to stand.