Found February 06, 2013 on
There isn’t all that much to sum up with the Buffalo Sabres at this point. Another game, another night allowing four goals and yet another loss. This is the same broken record that’s been playing for this entire 1-6-1 stretch.
Due to injuries, Adam Pardy made his Sabres debut and Lindy Ruff also chose to get Jhonas Enroth some action although the result on the scoreboard and from those in front of the goaltender didn’t differ. A few key faceoff losses hurt the team, as did continued struggles from the special teams units.
The point will be made by many that this is only 10 games worth of hockey. Others will argue that the season is almost a quarter of the way through. Regardless of which side you stand on, the glaring shortcomings on the Buffalo roster cannot be ignored. Even if it is too early to make a rash decision or trade, there needs to be some sort of remedy found for what ails this team.
There were certainly Ryan Miller detractors all over Sabres Nation claimin...
BEST OF MAXIM
It seems as if the mid-winter slumber of the Buffalo Sabres is going to last a bit longer than expected this year. The team, after opening 2-0, has lost seven of its last eight games and have, at times, looked like an AHL team going against an NHL club.
It’s clearly not the way management, players, and fans saw the 2013 lockout-shortened season playing out at the start. With...
This week’s Water Cooler features QCS writers Bradley Gelber, Jason Davis, and Brandon Hess.
Let’s get into it right away. The Sabres are off to an awful start this year. Just how bad are the Sabres?
The Sabres have struggled out of the gate to start 2013. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
Bradley Gelber: Bad. There will be plenty of people making excuses for the team so I’d rather just...
With apologies to Jhonas Enroth, I don't think there's a man with more of an opportunity in tonight's Sabres - Senators game than defenseman Adam Pardy.
After being waived at the start of the season, injuries and overall poor defensive play by Buffalo necessitated recalling the guy who has been hovering around ninth on the depth chart. But there's a little more...
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
10. Patrick Kaleta, Sabres
Reacting to Kaleta’s 2009 head shot on Montreal’s Andrei Markov, TSN’s Dave Hodge wondered if the agitator might be better off playing without a stick since he wasn’t bothering to play the puck. Kaleta has matured somewhat, but he’s still basically a hit-to-hurt player, a human missile with little...
Thomas Vanek scored twice in regulation, including the tying goal with 2 seconds left, and also came through in the shootout to rally the Buffalo Sabres past the Montreal Canadiens 5-4 on Thursday night.
Jason Pominville also scored in the shootout and Ryan Miller clinched the victory by making a left pad save to stop Brian Gionta on Montreal's final opportunity.
Three Stars of the Week
1. Thomas Vanek (Buffalo Sabres)
Thomas Vanek has been a beast during the last seven days, to be put simply. Vanek has scored five goals in four games last week and has added four assists. With nine points in four games, he is averaging more than two a game over the past week. Also factor in Vanek’s +6 rating, and Vanek has...
We know that Thomas Vanek leaves this weekend with an NHL leading 19 points, that news has been well covered. He has carried this team on his back, in a year where the rest of the team, sans Pominville, is struggling to find their offense. This isn’t unusual for Vanek. He is notoriously a fast starter. In fact, over his career, he has more than a point per game average...
I have been picking the MVP of the season from as early a point as I reasonably can in the season. This is in part to try to determine at which point in the season the eventual MVP emerges. My first pick this season was Thomas Vanek of the Buffalo Sabres. Last week he was surpassed by Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks. I think Vanek has taken over the lead again.