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Last night’s home debacle was the kind of loss that gets coaches fired. Except the Sabres have already made a change behind the bench. General Manager Darcy Regier may be on thin ice, but the team he has assembled went out and out shot their opponent last night, out hit their opponent last night, won more face-offs, and led in the takeaway department yet not only lost, but lost decisively. There is no denying the amount of physical talent on this Buffalo roster, but this team is either incredibly stubborn, seriously devoid of even a modicum of hockey IQ, or intentionally tanking to secure their draft position. That’s the only logical explanation for the amount of mental mistakes this Sabres squad makes on a nightly basis.
Case in point, look at last night’s statistics, and although Buffalo on paper appeared to have been very competitive there is one glaring negative. No I’m not talking about the 0/6 on the power-play, their PP has been awful, but the chances are there and odds ...
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I have wanted to comment upon the Buffalo Sabres firing of Lindy Ruff this week but have yet to find the time. Ruff was the longest serving NHL coach. He had been hired in 1997 and has successfully taken the Buffalo Sabres to the Stanley Cup finals. He finally fell for the "what have you done for me lately?" mindset that often sees good coaches get fired. Buffalo...
So the other day Ryan Miller lost his ****... again.
Oof. About time for Buffalo to show a little fight but their timing is awful. You throw down when the opposing team cheapshots you, not when your own defenseman pushes a forward into you. Same thing with Weber. He's the one who throws Martin into Miller and then he starts dishing out fisticuffs. Embarrassing...
Mikhail Grigorenko is hoping to see more playing time under Ron Rolston(Photo: Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
Buffalo’s top prospect is returning to the ice.
After sitting that last three games, and four of the last six, Mikhail Grigorenko will be back in the Buffalo lineup when the team takes the ice on Saturday night against the New York Islanders.
It’ll be his first chance to...
Ryan Miller has made known his anger with the team’s performance(Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
This past Wednesday, the 2013 season had hit a month old for the the Buffalo Sabres, though it doesn’t feel like it’s only been a month.
The team is 6-12-1 on the year, and is in last place in the Eastern Conference; 29th in the NHL. Needless to say, it hasn’t been...
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
The Sabres’ slide into oblivion continued with a 4-0 loss to the New York Islanders. The disgruntled crowd in First Niagara Center saw the Sabres lose for the fourth game in a row and ninth time in 12 outings. Only 1,000 or so in the sellout crowd of 19,070 stuck around until the end, and based on the noise they did so only to jeer.
The Sabres have a lot to fix if they want the booing to stop.(Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
The players hear it, the coaches hear it, the managers hear it: boos raining down on the ice during a Buffalo Sabres game.
It’s commonplace for the fans that pack the First Niagara Center every night to boo a team on the ice. However, the team being booed isn’t the team...
Alexander Sulzer left the game at the 3:27 mark of the first period in Saturday's 4-0 skunk job to the NY Islanders. Sulzer left the game with a lower-body injury and did not return to the game. In his post game presser, head coach Ron Rolston mentioned that Sulzer was to be re-evaluated.
No news on the severity of the Sulzer injury on Sunday, as the team had the day off...
The Sabres had four glorious opportunities with the man advantage to bury Islanders on Saturday night.
The Buffalo power play is downright rancid right now. Its 0 for its last 6. 2 for the last 46 PP opportunities in its last 11 games. The putrid PP undermined an otherwise sold first thy minutes for the Sabres against the Islanders. Steve Ott has had it up to here with the constant fa...
Following Saturday night’s loss I took a few days to think about this Sabres team and all that has gone on so far this season. So much negativity, so much disappointment & so much anger. What a fall from grace not only for this team, but also for a city that only a few years ago rivaled Detroit as “Hockey Town USA”.
No longer, as the product on the ice has diminished so...
Ron Rolston has analyzed the video. He's crunched the statistics. He's even assessed the personality of his Buffalo Sabres squad. The new interim head coach concluded on Monday that the puck is not the only thing that the Sabres are playing on the other side of these days. Rolston says that his team is meekly playing on the wrong side of the belief system. The great teams...
Mikhail Grigorenko had himself quite a depressing week last week. He was scratched for three consecutive games (PIT, WPG, TOR). In his anticipated return to action on Saturday night, he was used sparingly, having only skated ten shifts for a combined 6 minutes. He was witness to his first NHL head coach getting fired. He was introduced to his second NHL head coach. Then, he learned...
The New York Islanders have another chance to show they can move in the right direction tonight when they face the Buffalo Sabres and their new coach, Ron Rolston.
Ofcourse every team wants to win for a new coach, but the Sabres have had such a bad start this season that even that desire may not be enough to win. The Sabres are 6-11-1 and the Isles are just a smidge better at...
Ron Rolston said this morning that he would be playing Mikhail Grigorenko with skilled guys. Tonight, Grigo will run with two hammers.
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Scott and Brennan are scratched.
Wonder if Ott is dinged as he skated very briefly on Friday then left the ice while th eteam practicee