Never underestimate the power of the 45-minute nap, if only for the fact that I now remember my name and why I’m in Buffalo.
What I still can’t grasp, however, is the perplexing choice of pre-game music streaming through the HSBC Arena sound system as I write this. Among the recent selections: ZZ Top, Alice Cooper, and then a string of fairly recognizable but horribly dated music from the 80s.
In fact, during the playing of the painful “Roseanna” by Toto (first prize to the reader that can name their other big hit), Colin Stephenson of the Star-Ledger to my right regrettably started singing, “Meet you all the way…”
And to think, I once had respect for the guy…
As for non-music related updates, nothing major to report. The plan for the Rangers is to go with the same lineup, while the Sabres were expecting both Paul Gaustad (ankle) and Maxim Afinogenov (indifferrent play) back in the lineup tonight. My guess is the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Gaustad will provide the Sabres an early boost. But the guy hasn’t played since Feb. 7, so you wonder when three months of inactivity might catch up with him..
Meanwhile, another obvious statement: if the Rangers win tonight, they win the series. Not necessarily in six. But in proving they can win in Buffalo, they would officially be in the Sabres’ heads.
Oh, and they’re still talking about the no-goal here.
Not that I blame them…