The NHL has decided to fine Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta for his failed head butt attempt on Travis Zajac of the New Jersey Devils. The incident occurred Wednesday night in Buffalo as the Sabres fell 1-0 in overtime.
Through the first six games of the 2010-11 campaign, the Buffalo Sabres have struggled, going just 1-4-1 with their lone victory coming against the Ottawa Senators in their season opener.
The New Jersey Devils, on the other hand, have experienced similar struggles. Losing all games but their match up with Buffalo, en route to a 1-4-1 record of their own.
The head butt in question came late in the first period in front of the New Jersey bench. A minor penalty for roughing was assessed and no suspension issued.
Though both clubs have failed to meet expectations so far, they are still predicted to fare quite well at the end of the season. A spot in the Eastern Conference playoff picture is well within grasp. The Bodog Sportsbook gives the Sabres 30/1 odds of winning the Stanley Cup, and the Devils odds of 18/1.
Will the clubs manage to shake their early season jitters and get back to where they should be? The Sabres have an excuse, as they attempt to adjust without forward Jason Pominville. The Devils, do not, especially after all of the trouble they went through in order to sign Ilya Kovalchuk.
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