Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Buffalo bound

Well, when I originally bought my tickets for tomorrow's Sabres game, I thought I'd be making the drive south to see two of the Eastern Conference's top teams battling for the division lead.

That's certainly not the case.

The Ottawa Senators have been every bit as bad as Buffalo has been good so far this season — but I remain hopeful it'll still be a game well worth the low, low ticket price.

Maybe Ray Emery will be back between the pipes? Maybe Daniel Alfredsson can get off this ugly, 20-goal pace he's been on all year? Maybe Wade Redden will remember he's, uh, Wade Redden?

A neutral fan can hope, as I've already seen my fair share of Sabres romps on the tube.

In any event, I'll have my thoughts on both teams sometime after the game.

PS. When I was in Buffalo last February for a game, it was as a lost Canadian, one who couldn't find his way to any decent grub. Can any Buffalonians recommend a good steakhouse near the HSBC?


At 2:00 p.m., November 14, 2006, Anonymous SabreMark said...

As a former Buffalonian, I would recommend the Pearl Street Brewpub. The food is very good there, and the beer is even better. It is within walking distance of HSBC as well. I must confess, though, that as a vegetarian, I can't comment on the steak...

At 2:35 p.m., November 14, 2006, Blogger BlackCapricorn said...

The best steak in town is right downtown there at the Buffalo Chop House. It is a "bit" expensive so I would also recommend Bacchus up the street on Main right on the Chip Strip.

But you are going to Buffalo- why not stop into Duff's for some fine wings. 2 locations! Much better than the Anchor Bar.

I am a former Buffalonian as well- it seems be going around!

Go Sabres!

At 2:47 p.m., November 14, 2006, Anonymous That HockeyChick said...

I was going to say the exact same thing as sabremark. Pretty much anyone can point you to where Pearl St. is located.
Their steak is probably pretty good, but I would say skip the steak and try some buffalo specialties. Pearl St. has excellent wings, and beef on weck if I recall correctly. They also usually have very good soups. Perfect for those very cold Buffalo days.

At 3:19 p.m., November 14, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is only one true steakhouse in Downtown Buffalo. It is EB Green's inside the Hyatt Regency Hotel. It was recently ranked as the 9th best steakhouse in the entire United States. Here is a link.

At 4:02 p.m., November 14, 2006, Blogger Sherry said...

Ray Emery's still out with a wrist injury and Wade Redden's out indefinitely with a groin injury.

I'd bring a poncho or something if you're sitting up close--it could get ugly.

At 5:32 p.m., November 14, 2006, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

I'd recommend Bacchus on the name alone. It's got to be a strip club.

Can I promote Alberta beef on here?

At 6:17 p.m., November 14, 2006, Blogger Djlethal01 said...

I'm in Buffalo, and I would agree with Pearl St. Grill (closest to the arena, best atmosphere, this year they have a pregame/postgame buffet which is really popular) , EB Greens in the Hyatt, or even Century Grill (also on Pearl St.). Also I would recommend a beef on weck, a buffalo specialty!

At 7:07 p.m., November 14, 2006, Anonymous Andrew said...

Mirtle, one thing you must check out in Buffalo is a real-life ghetto.

In Buffalo, the ghetto is called "Buffalo."

At 11:28 p.m., November 14, 2006, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

I wouldn't worry too much about Ottawa. Despite their record, they've outscored their opponents, and are 1-8 in one goal games. To me, that is a prime indication of a team that's better than its record.

I expect regression to the mean to come into play here pretty soon.

At 12:51 a.m., November 15, 2006, Anonymous Walewander said...

I'd agree with you, JMN, but the Sens one-goal record is less a residue of luck than it is the residue of suck - Marty Gerber. Could just be seeing it through my blue-tinted glasses, though.

At 8:34 a.m., November 15, 2006, Anonymous SabreMark said...

JMN, exactly how is being 1-8 in 1 goal games an indication of a team being better than their record? That to me is a record of a team that chokes when things get tight, and that doesn't have leadership. The fact that they have scored more than they have let in is a bigger indictment, because it means that they can pile it on in 6-1 wins, but they can't get the 4th goal in a 4-3 loss.

At 9:38 a.m., November 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It could mean they choke, but it also means they themselves don't get blownout(save for the one T.O game) and remain competitive in most games... not competitive enough, of course.


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