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Through six games of the Buffalo Sabres season we’ve Lindy Ruff’s crew commit egregious errors in defensive zone coverage several times a game, in virtually every game. More times than not these mistakes have ended up in the twine behind Ryan Miller, and Buffalo has dropped four straight contests as a result. Are these missteps a sign of a team that is in a slump, and hasn’t yet begun to play their best hockey? Or are these mistakes part of what we should expect game in and game out from this team because they are simply mediocre?
There are two ways to score in this league, you can use skill and outperform your opponent on a particular shift, or you can out work them and capitalize off of their mistake. Every team is going to get beat by skill once and awhile, but far too often the Sabres have been victims of the latter instance. It’s also for that reason that I believe this team truly is better than what we’ve seen thus far, and at some point, even if it’s too late, they’ll turn it around.
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Players like Jordan Leopold, and Tyler Myers, who we’ve seen have success in the past have at times looked lost picking up forwards in front of the net. Toronto exposed the Sabres lack of defensive zone net coverage time and time again on Tuesday, and I’m sure everyone in the league has seen the video. The blame does not fall solely on the defense either, centers Cody Hodgson, and Tyler Ennis in particular have struggled tying up their man in the slot as well. You expect that kind of error from an eighteen year old like Mikhail Grigorenko once in awhile, but Hodgson is the number one center now. It’s time for he and Ennis to put the big boy pants on and take ownership of this team.
It’s not just the kids up front, the longest tenured Sabre, Jochen Hecht was brought back into the fold specifically for his effectiveness in his own end and on the penalty kill. After looking sharp the first couple games of the season, even Hecht has succumbed to the mind numbing plague of mental mistakes affecting this team. Watch the power play goal Alex Ovechkin scored against the Sabres from Sunday, Hecht was way out of position on the penalty kill and when the cross ice feed came to Alex, Jochen was too slow rotating over into the shooting lane. He was also guilty of the same sloppiness in coverage during the loss to Toronto as well.
I’m not trying to single out individual players, because it’s everyone, even down to Ryan Miller who has let in a few uncharacteristically soft glove side goals the past two games. But because it’s everybody it lends me to believe this team is just in a slump, they can’t all be this bad can they?! Of course not, the question isn’t IF they can turn it around, it’s when? With only 42 games left on the schedule Buffalo can ill afford a prolonged stretch of losing. Perhaps a date with the Bruins, the team that really took the wheels out from under the Sabres last year, is precisely what the doctor ordered to get this team on the right track. Because if not now….when?
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Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff called a timeout with just 13.6 seconds to play and his team leading 7-4. Ruff defended the move by saying he didn’t like having Lane MacDermid, a noted fighter, lined up against one of his own skill guys.
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