The Fansided 30 previews in 30 days continues. We here at Rink Royalty enjoy this set up, because it allows us to give our Kings fans and regular readers and chance to see what other teams think around the league. As you might imagine (and has played out with most of the posts thus far), most writers on their sites seem to be a bit bullish on their team and its chances for the upcoming season. After you get a chance to see what they think, we provide a look at the schedule to see when they meet up with your Los Angeles Kings, as well as a brief take on the team and their chances from our perspective. Of course despite the fact that they’re posted every day, I enjoyed by Labor Day weekend, so we’ve got a few to update you with today.
First, let’s take a look at the Buffalo Sabres. Over at Sabre Noise they’ve provided one take on the Sabres and their chances this season, here’s just a taste:
If the Buffalo Sabres don’t rival for the Northeast Division banner this year based on the talent they put on their roster, the pure hockey energy that is buzzing in this city right now just might be enough momentum to carry this team until we are the team that prize free agents give the first call too.
Training camp is right around the corner, and there are plenty of guys who have proven themselves in the NHL, and plenty of guys who have proven they are NHL ready. Its not going to be an easy chore for the Buffalo Sabres in the coming weeks, but as the signs have pointed out, IN TERRY WE TRUST.
So what do we think about Buffalo?
October 9th – vs. Buffalo (in Germany)
Yea the Kings will line up against the Sabres in their second game of the season when they play Buffalo in Germany on the 9th of October. It’s an early game, and the Kings are obviously going to be looking to either finish the trip with a sweep of their European opponents, or salvage at least a win after a disappointing loss in game 1. Either way, the Kings are likely to be geared up for the game, and it’ll be a good one.
Any fair look at the Sabres and their chances has to focus on one man: Ryan Miller. If he is a shut-down goaltender like we have seen from him in the past, the Sabres could make some noise. It’s easy to win games when the other team can’t score any goals. That said, if he comes back to Earth and plays merely like an incredibly talented goaltender, then we might have something else to say. The offense is more of a committee approach, with nobody rising to the level of superstar and able to realistically carry the team over any significant period of time. I don’t see the Sabres making much noise this season, though the playoffs are a very reasonable possibility.
What do you see happening for the Blue and Gold this season?