Sabres Losing Streak Continues
The Buffalo Sabres are still on the hunt for their first win in the month of March. The team has lost ten straight games dating back to February 25. Their most recent loss came against the Pittsburg Penguins. The 3-0 to the Pens marks the fifth game this season that Buffalo has been shut out. In addition, the team remains in last place in both their division and the league. To make matters worse, the Sabres AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans, are currently in Covid-19 protocol. This means that the team will be unable to use any players from the Americans for the time being. Although their taxi squad is still in place, this could create some chaos within the Sabres already thin line up.
One player in particular that has been called up from the taxi squad is Rasmus Asplund. The 23 year old center was a second round draft pick by the Sabres in 2016. Asplund has played four games with the Sabres this year and has a single goal in those four contests. With the young forward being activated, veteran forward Cody Eakin will find himself out of the line up. Furthermore, Eakin is in his first season with the Sabres and has four points in 26 games.
The Sabres Set For Washington and New Jersey
As the Sabres hunt for their first win in March, their next two contests for the Sabres will be against the Washington Capitals and the New Jersey Devils. Washington has been a matchup nightmare for the Sabres this season due to their high powered offense. In addition, the Sabres are 1-4 against the Capitals this season. The major story line of the Sabres vs Capitals game on March 15 is Alexander Ovechkin. The great eight is only one goal behind Phil Esposito for sixth all time in NHL scoring.
Aside from Washington, the Sabres have Tuesday nights game against the Devils set in their sights. The reason being is that the teams last win came against New Jersey on February 23. If the Sabres fail to win on Monday night against Washington, Tuesday nights game against the Devils will give the team strong hopes of snapping their streak. In fact, the Sabres lead the season series against the Devils 3-2.
Half Way There, Almost
The Sabres game against the Capitals officially marks the halfway point of the 2021 NHL season. As the back half of this 56 game season begins, there is still no sign of change in Buffalo. Although trade rumors and coaching change discussions have continued circulating, there is no evidence that the team will make a remarkable come back. It seems that Sabres fans feel this way as well. The reason being is that March 20 marks the return of fans to Key Bank Center, the home of the Buffalo Sabres. The team offered season ticket holders the first chance at purchasing the 1,907 available tickets. However, less than 900 tickets were sold during the VIP offering.
The Sabres community has always been one of passion, but has proven to be uninterested due to the teams lack of success. Aside from charging box office prices, the organization is requiring a negative PCR Covid test within 72 hours of the game. Therefore, in addition to the cost of the ticket, fans are forced to pay to be tested all to watch the last place team in the NHL. In a financial down year, the teams lack of success seems to be hurting them even more than usual. With 28 games remaining, the franchise is in desperate need to find success and give their fans something to cheer for.
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