NHL Eastern Conference Final – Ottawa Set to Rattle Sabres

May 11, 2007

Everyone since the beginning of the 2006-07 NHL season has been ga-ga over the Buffalo Sabres, and there is certainly much to be ga-ga about.

From four lines that can skate and score, to a solid defence corps, to excellent coaching led by Lindy Ruff, the Sabres proved over the season that they were going to be a formidable foe come playoff time. But they have now more than met thier match in the Ottawa Senators.

While Buffalo rolled over the Islanders and then the Rangers, the later possessing an awesome trio in Jagr, Straka and Nylander, Ottawa can roll out simply the best line in hockey: Dany Heatley, Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza. Buffalo will have all sorts of trouble containing this crew, which they did during the regular season. The stingy New Jersey Devils gave up 25 points to this trio in just five game. What are they going to do against a team that certainly gives up more chances than the Devils.

Add to this an Ottawa team that has a back end that is arguably – no, strike that – IS the BEST defensive group in the league with the likes of Redden, Meszaros, Volchenkov, Phillips, Corvo and Pressing, and it all adds up to an Ottawa victory.

Buffalo needs more seasoning, as the Ottawa has spent the past five years learing the ropes on how to lose in the playoffs. They have learned how to defend, and when to attack. Buffalo is still learning this. The 2007 playoffs is not going to be the year of the Sabres…it’s Ottawa’s year!

And no matter who comes out of the west — Anaheim or Detroit — the Senators have the goaltending, size, depth, grit, and scoring to match up with anyone.

 Ottawa ARE going to be the 2006-07 Stanley Cup Champions, the first such team from Canada to do so since the 1993 Montreal Canadiens.

 – Bobby Locke –

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