Tim Connolly. Say that name near Sabres fans, and you’ll get a reaction. Largely, a negative one. Maybe a few will reminisce about when he was ‘good’, recall his play in the playoffs after the lockout, but then they bring up the injuries, the concussions, and you end up back at the same place [...]
…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. [...]
There’s a lull in the schedule, following the loss on Tuesday, so here are some random thoughts.
Tim Connolly played…well? Has had a few games. This would be huge if it continues, so Buffalo can keep Boyes on the wing. Where is Jordan Leopold? Might be better on D but we could use his [...]
A come from behind win against the East-leading Philadelphia Flyers is an event to be celebrated. Some even declared the weekend a success just by getting these 2 points. While that’s true enough from a certain point of view, I’d like to see Buffalo take the playoff spot by the throat and not let [...]
The Sabres recovered from a bad start (and a few tough goals given up by Miller) to roll over Dwayne Roloson and the Lightning 7-4. Drew Stafford notched a hat trick, Vanek scored twice, and Jordan Leopold and Tim Connolly had the other goals. Mike Weber and Tyler Ennis both had 2 assists. A [...]
Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy set off quite a discussion yesterday when he referred to Alexander Semin as ‘enigmatic’. Apparently that’s not okay. It got me to thinking, what is it that gets you that label? It’s a pretty common tag, so there must be some common criteria that come into play.
First, let’s [...]
Yes, I think it’s time to look at who has value to ‘sell’, after that effort this weekend. There is still time to recover, but it’s growing short. 49 games left, but only 30 points in the standings in the first 33. It took 88 to make 8th last year in the East, but [...]
We get a visit from the San Jose Sharks tonight, who apparently managed a come from behind win last night against the Flyers. It was 4-1 Philly when my wife got home, so good on the Sharks for coming back. A Flyers loss is always a good thing.
Buffalo has done quite well against [...]
First off, Craig Rivet is a healthy scratch again tonight, with Weber in his place. Most interesting is this bit from Lindy Ruff:
Mike hasn’t been in but we feel that it gives us a physical defenseman, a guy with some edge and we’re going to give him a shot
Physical defenseman is what [...]
The Thanksgiving Eve special may feature quite a different lineup than the last few games. Ryan Miller practiced Monday but couldn’t commit 100% to playing against the Pens, after missing Saturday’s game. Tim Connolly started practice but didn’t finish it with a groin injury. Jochen Hecht skated on his own after practice but is [...]