Here we go again. That wasn’t the prettiest of hockey games and the Sabres really seemed to labor through the whole game. Not sure if it was the couple days off or what but they didn’t have the energy and it showed throughout.
That first goal by the Devils was the epitome of the goals I hate by Ryan Miller. Yes I’m blaming him for the huge rebound right into the slot that led to the goal. The 5-on-3 rebound goal was definitely not Miller’s fault and the D should’ve dropped down on the play, but they seemed out of position throughout a lot of that kill.
The first goal by Stafford I loved. He made a great break out pass to Roy at center and then skated his ass off to get in front of the net and knock it in. Sometimes Stafford seems to have Vanek type (stress type) skills about him and it’s nice to see that he’s gotten his game much more simple and attacking the net.
Also good to see that Kaleta was back skating around and drew multiple penalties and scored a goal extremely similar to Stafford’s.
But seriously, the biggest problem is defensive zone turnovers. It led directly led to what 3 of the goals last night. I’m lumping not getting the puck out of the zone effectively with a turnover. It’s ridiculous how often they do that and it wasn’t just Sekera this time. It’s annoying and frustrating.
Kings are coming in on Friday night and I’m hoping that they can give me a Christmas present of a little bit of a run. Although December, last nights loss will hurt, they had a chance to go 3-0 against the Devils and pass them in the standings. It’s unbelievable how bad they play at home. If I were Lindy I would be doing something to their game day routine to try and find something that works because obviously they aren’t getting in the right mindset to play and they were sluggish for all 3 periods last night and New Jersey had played an overtime game the night before.
Side Note: Nice little plug last night on the SU/Canisus game for high school basketball in Buffalo. I seem to remember Buffalo getting much better when I was in early high school and Turner Carroll had those back to back great teams and Page and Stokes went and played well at good D1 schools. Now with Harris, Flynn and Haywood they have some more and teams like Niagara and UB (with Buffalo kids) are making a name for themselves.