Tonight marks the start of a very interesting head-to-head confrontation between the Ottawa Senators and the Buffalo Sabres. Their NHL Eastern conference final will be very well disputed, nobody will want to give an inch to the opposing team. Ryan Miller facing Ray Emery as a goaltender duel will also be interesting to watch. This is Emery's chance to proove to everyone in the league that he can manage big time pressure and be rightfully considered as a part of the active top 10 NHL's goaltenders list.
Games 1 and 2 of the best-of-7 series will be presented at the HSBC center in Buffalo. A home-ice advantage that the Sabres should exploit. Winning tonight for Buffalo would be a nice insurance policy, guaranteeing a long 6 or 7 tightly played games battle.
Should the Senators win tonight and break right off the bat Buffalo's home-ice advantage, Ottawa could then very well have the freedom to work with a 3-1 games lead going back to HSBC center for game 5 later on in the series.
Are you ready for conference finals action?