Well if every sports movie has taught me anything, you can show up as late as you want and still score the game winner.
In "Bend it like Beckham", Jes showed up late to the championship as it was her sisters wedding and if you know a thing about the Indian parents in this movie, they were very strict about her following in line with the family. Now much to the dismay of her father he let her go as he could see how upset she was by not getting to play alongside Keira Knightley when there was a professional scout in the audience.
We see her enter after halftime when they were down a goal, they tie it up and Jes is given a free kick to win after being inexplicably tackled. Naturally she is finally able to "Bend it like Beckham" as it were and they obtain the victory.
So I guess what I'm trying to say is yes, I see no reason why Buff couldn't play tonight.
Thats good news to hear! I have to admit, as someone who ripped on Buff's defensive game last season, Buff has played much much better defensively this year.
He's been really good. He has a great active stick that can poke the puck away with ease and the way he spins off forecheckers to get the puck out of the zone is really something to watch. He's truly an impact defenseman.