It’s been a whirlwind to start the season, with games packed in together right from the start after a very short camp. It went well for the Sabres, though, with two wins in two tries, and some worries relieved about the situation at center. Buffalo had a day off yesterday, so too should we sit back, take a few deep breaths, and make sure we don’t get too amped up juuuuuust yet.
Now, I’m not saying go all doom and gloom like your typical WGR caller (or anchor). I’ll never get tired of seeing Vanek do his thing, and having the good Ryan Miller to start the season is pretty awesome too. But the downside of Vanek having been on the ice for every Sabres goal is that means other lines aren’t scoring at even strength. They still haven’t played a whole game at their highest level.
But you know, that can go both ways. They have plenty of time to get better at faceoffs, as an example. Might even see a second or third line goal. John Scott will win a fight (I kid, I kid, please don’t kill me). Miller might have an ordinary game. Vanek will go a few games without a point. I know everybody had been saying “it’s a sprint!” this year, poking fun at the normal “it’s a marathon, not a sprint” proverb, but really, it’s a half-marathon. Buffalo still has 46 more games. It doesn’t take a whole mess of games to get behind – and you don’t have as many to recover if you do – but nobody is toast after 2 games, nor is anyone a slam-dunk to make the playoffs. Should you like what you see so far? I do. It’s been a ton of fun, and hey, two wins after two games is right where you want to be. Enjoy it, and don’t jump off a bridge, or write poorly spelled twitter/blog diatribes, if they lose a game or two.