Buffalo’s passion for hockey was most evident during Campbell’s last game as a Sabre — a 4-3 loss to Philadelphia carried on Versus. The game had a 12.2 local rating, easily making it the highest-rated prime time program here on Monday. The Sabres’ 8-4 victory over Nashville on Wednesday featuring newcomer Steve Bernier’s debut had a 12.0 rating, behind only “American Idol” (16.0) in prime time.
The win over Nashville was carried on MSG. Obviously, ratings over 12 are phenomenal and Tuesday's big nationally televised win over Philadelphia should garner a big number despite competition from American Idol. A strong playoff run could push Buffalo's season average to a 10.0, which would be the first double digit regular season average for an NHL team that I've ever heard of.