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[caption id="attachment_145" align="aligncenter" width="594"] Vanek and Pominville have both had great starts to the season[/caption]
By Derek Wangler
With all eyes on the new additions to the Sabres roster for the 2013 hockey season, veterans Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville are showing fans that they’re still the team’s top players.
Through two games Vanek leads the NHL with six points (2+4) including a five point (2+3) game to start the season. Pominville has started hot as well with five points (1+4) in the team’s first two games. The Vanek – Hodgson – Pominville line has been responsible for five of the seven goals scored by the Sabres through two games.
Star goaltender Ryan Miller is showing he’s still one of the league’s top goaltenders as well allowing just three goals on 67 shots for a .953 save percentage. Among goalies who have played two games, Miller’s 1.50 GAA is third in the league.
Newcomer Steve Ott has brought an intensity that the team has been lacking in the past couple years. Ott leads the Sabres with 12 hits through two games, and scored a power play goal in the team’s first game. Also, fellow newcomer John Scott got his feet wet Monday night getting into his first fight of the new year.
It’s still early in the season of course but it seems there is a bit of a culture change happening with this year’s Sabres team. They’re finishing their checks, standing up to the goons, and most importantly, protecting their goaltender. If the first two games are any indication, the Sabres are going to be a fun team to watch this year.
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French-language newspaper La Presse in Montreal had some quotes from Quebec Remparts coach Patrick Roy yesterday concerning Mikhail Grigorenko, who has three games remaining with the Sabres before Darcy Regier and his crew have to make a decision on keeping him or sending him back to the QMJHL:
"I begin to think that there is a strong possibility that Mikhail does not return...
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By: Connor Nielen (@ConnorNielen)
For all of Ryan Miller’s career domination versus Toronto (a 27-14-0 record, .922 SV%, 2.44 GAA coming into this season), he found himself surprisingly unable to lead his Buffalo Sabres to victory at the Air Canada Centre on any of the team’s three attempts during the 2011-12 campaign.
Two games down, three to go.
From the sounds of Lindy Ruff's morning interview on the Howard Simon Show, the Sabres plan on keeping Mikhail Grigorenko past the five game deadline.
I think if they do keep him up after the five games, it's a good idea for a couple reasons.
While Grigorenko hasn't got on the scoresheet, I'm not worried about him. I wasn'...
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Well, here we are. One game into the lockout-shortened season and there is already a misconception brewing about the boys in blue and gold: “This 2013 squad’s identity is TOUGHNESS!!!”
After acquiring Steve Ott & John Scott in the off-season, Darcy & Co. did their part to add some grit to a team that many considered “soft.” Those additions to a team already populated...
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Ryan Miller stopped 34 shots to lead the Buffalo Sabres past the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 on Monday night.
Miller lost his shutout bid when Nazem Kadri scored on the power play with 1:42 remaining, his second goal of the season. Toronto's Joffrey Lupul appeared to tie it seconds later with goalie Ben Scrivens on the bench, but the goal was disallowed.
With Scrivens on the bench...
Ryan Miller, grab your toque and have a seat. Jhonas Enroth needs a turn in the Buffalo cage.
Before jumping the charter flight to Raleigh, Lindy Ruff pumped Enroth's tires.
âI think itâs important to get him going,â Ruff said. âItâs also important (because) weâve got five games in really less than eight (days). You look at it that way, we...
Well that was a fun couple of days, no? A 5-2 beat down of the Flyers followed by a near textbook road win against the Leafs and the Sabres have gotten off on the right foot for this shortened 2013 season.
Sunday’s opener was about as sloppy as expected, as the Sabres and Flyers plodded through forty minutes of fairly average hockey before the Sabres third period explosion...
Ryan Miller has a history of playing well against the Maple Leafs and Monday night was no different. Miller improved to 28-14 against Toronto all-time with a 35-save performance in Buffaloâs 2-1 victory at the Air Canada Centre.
Millerâs play was pivotal in helping Buffalo secure the win as the Sabres are off to a perfect 2-0 start to the lockout-shortened season.
(Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Buffalo Sabres got their second win of the young season in as many days with a 2-1 win over host Toronto in the Maple Leafs’ home opener on Monday night. The win moves Buffalo to 2-0 on the season.
Buffalo’s top line once again shined as Cody Hodgson, Thomas Vanek, and Jason Pominville all got on the score sheet once again. Hodgson...
After a disappointing 2-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres in the home opener at the Air Canada Center, coach Randy Carlyle put his players through a lengthy practice at the MasterCard Center in Etobicoke, ON this morning.
The Leafs face a rather daunting three games in four nights starting tomorrow night, with two road contests against two top Eastern Conference contenders.
The Buffalo Sabres are hoping a solid start by goalie Ryan Miller is a sign of good things to come.
That's not so good for the Carolina Hurricanes, who have struggled to score coming out of the nine-month layoff.
The visiting Sabres seek their best start in four seasons and look to hand the Hurricanes their worst in 15 years Thursday night in the opener of a home-and-home series...
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During games Twitter is always a great barometer for how fans feel (track...