Sunday, January 19, 2020

Three-game Sabres recap Jan. 14-18

Buffalo bench-boss Ralph Krueger and the Sabres, via general manager Jason Botterill prior to the Vegas Golden Knights game, said that the goal is to win two of three games for a playoff push. Going back to the beginning of 2020, the Sabres had 41 points in 41 games to start the new year and using the Krueger formula, garnering four points per three games would give them 52 points in 39 games for a 93-point total with two games left to play. One of those games is on the road against the New Jersey Devils with the season finale' coming at home against the Philadelphia Flyers, whom they could be battling for a playoff spot.

So far so good in 2020 as they went won two of three in the first three games and replicated it the next three. 

Monday, January 13, 2020

Five-game Sabres recap Jan. 2-12

You couldn't have ended 2019 on a worse note. The Buffalo Sabres rang out the old with a very disappointing loss to the surging Tampa Bay Lighting by the score of 6-4. Tampa scored an empty-netter for the final which capped off a five goal run that erased a 4-1 Buffalo lead.

The set-up to the Tampa game had some weird circumstances as the Sabres didn't forget what Nikita Kucherov and Eric Cernak did to their players in previous meetings. While over in Stockholm, Sweden for the 2019 Global Series, Kucherov submarined an unsuspecting Vladimir Sobotka and sent him to injured reserve. He probably won't be back this season. Just over two weeks later, a high elbow from Cernak connected with Rasmus Dahlin's head resulting in a concussion for the 19 yr. old defenseman. Neither hit was penalize and neither was taken care of on the ice by the Sabres. The Kucherov hit wasn't looked at by the NHL Department of Player Safety while Cernak received a two-game suspension for an illegal hit to the head on Dahlin. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Buffalo Sabres 2019-20 Individual Stats Leaders--December

Sabres record for the month: 




It's been a good run. Thank you, my Sabres 50th Anniversary team

Published by, 12-31-2019

As of tomorrow I'll be on hiatus and I'd like to take this opportunity to thank EK and Eric for giving me the opportunity to write about the Buffalo Sabres for I'd also like to thank Cisco for putting my name in the hopper when they were looking for a blogger and would like to give a shout out to homie, who was one of the few (only?) who followed me when I was writing my own blog.

When writing to Erick concerning this decision, I told him that it's been a 100% positive experience blogging on this site. And I meant it. The time and effort I put into each blog was well worth it as I was doing so for a group of die-hard Sabres fans who rarely provided a dull moment. Some of you I've had the pleasure of meeting while most I have not but all of you have brought something unique to these threads and for that I thank each and every one of you.

Although I'm still looking forward to this season and beyond, in closing I'd like to take a look back and in honor of the Sabres Golden season, I'd like to offer up my 50th Anniversary team. It brings me full circle as the blog I started 10 years ago, which led me to this gig, began with my 40th Anniversary team.


Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Things you can't do against Boston (or any other top team for that matter)

Published by, 12-30-2019

So your the Buffalo Sabres heading into the second game of a home-and-home against a division rival while being outscored 22-10 on a very treacherous 1-4-1 slide with a weak forward group even weaker due to injury. The team you're playing is the Boston Bruins, who sit third in the NHL, have the NHL's best goal differential (+33,) the league's second best goals-against average (2.42,) are seventh in goals/game (3.40,) and have the third best powerplay (26.7%) and the third-best penalty kill (84.7%.) The keys to victory revolve around playing your game while limiting mistakes and keeping it close in a place where the home team has lost only once all season. 

Such was the task at hand for the Sabres last night and props to them for playing their game. Buffalo took it to Boston much of the night but the Bruins did what most top teams do while facing weaker opponents--take advantage of miscues.

Monday, December 30, 2019

December quick hits--the forwards

Published by, 12-27-2019

A sense of normalcy returns to the Buffalo Sabres as they take on the Boston Bruins tonight. Buffalo says good bye to a rather rigorous opening 2 1/2 months to the season which saw them with compacted schedules before and after the 11 total days spent participating in the 2019 Global Series. The trip to Stockholm, Sweden had them play a back-to-back set with the Tampa Bay Lightning with a total of nine days surrounding their arrival and return from Sweden.

After a rough early November, consecutive losses to Tampa in Stockholm and a sluggish post-Global Series return, their poor record balanced out their hot start and when you add inconsistent play for the remainder of their 21 games in 39-day stretch, you have a team that is presently 17-14-7 coming out of the Christmas break. Those 41 points have them on a pace for 88 points which is at the higher end of the preseason general consensus.