Columbus Blue Jackets Staring Down the Barrel: Sabres and Wings

BUFFALO, NY - JANUARY 11: Columbus Blue Jackets Center Pierre-Luc Dubois (18) skates with the puck as Buffalo Sabres Left Wing Johan Larsson (22) defends during the Columbus Blue Jackets and Buffalo Sabres NHL game on January 11, 2018, at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY. (Photo by John Crouch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - JANUARY 11: Columbus Blue Jackets Center Pierre-Luc Dubois (18) skates with the puck as Buffalo Sabres Left Wing Johan Larsson (22) defends during the Columbus Blue Jackets and Buffalo Sabres NHL game on January 11, 2018, at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY. (Photo by John Crouch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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Sabre Matchup Advantages over the Columbus Blue Jackets?

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BUFFALO, NY – JANUARY 11: Linus Ullmark #35 of the Buffalo Sabres tends goal against Seth Jones #3 of the Columbus Blue Jackets during an NHL game on January 11, 2018 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images) /

Lansing Murphy: Where do you think the Sabres have a matchup advantage on the Columbus Blue Jackets?

Jacob Strozyk: Goaltending obviously…

No, the edge that I would give the Sabres is drive. This is a team that is on a winning streak while trying to prove that they aren’t the league’s punching bag anymore. They are playing with the kind of drive and heart that was seen out of the Vegas Golden Knights just a season ago.

Does it make them a cup contender? Absolutely not, but it makes them dangerous.

Teams may still underestimate the teamwork and perseverance coming from the Buffalo locker room, and that will be a mistake.

Rob Berger: There are not too many areas in which the Sabres provide a matchup issue for the Blue Jackets. The power play is starting to come together for the Sabres and the way the Blue Jackets penalty kill has been performing, the Sabres should be able to take advantage of Blue Jacket’s penalties.