Gotta get a few things out there. First, I don’t care if your coach is an asshole. He shouldn’t have to hold your hand or give you a pat on the back for your effort. You left that behind when your mom was no longer waiting off the field or ice surface with orange [...]
…and throw in Connolly and Gaustad too. These guys came up huge for Buffalo tonight. The scoring forwards were quiet, but the tough guys and agitators did their work (though with a few too many penalties). However, they were also instrumental in killing those penalties, and when the shot got through, Miller was dynamite. [...]
No, this is not a panic button post, but more the other team in town getting me thinking: Should Buffalo target next year as the year to make a cup run? There are some good reasons why they should:
Connolly, Niedermayer, Grier, and McCormick off the books – should open some top 6 minutes [...]
The hockey gods lobbed a hanging curveball over the Buffalo Sabres’ plate (if you’ll pardon the mixed sports metaphors) and they made solid contact, winning 4-1 in a mostly-empty Phillips Arena. Atlanta was returning from a west coast trip, missing several key players (such as Bogosian and Pavelec) and Buffalo took advantage. Tyler Ennis [...]
The title says it all, congratulations to Ryan Miller for winning his first Vezina trophy, along with the NHL Foundation award for his charity work. Both well-deserved honors, and I’m very happy for him. I’m also happy that some of the out-of-town media got to hear him give a speech, as he got a [...]
As promised, a rambling exploration of the Sabres’ performance in special teams situations.
PP: Ranked 17th, 17.6%. The Sabres scored 55 total goals in man advantage situations (49 5 on 4, 3 at 5 on 3, 3 at 4 on 3). It’s interesting to note that at home, they were quite good (21.2%, 34G), [...]