Lindy Ruff wanted a different outcome this year when his team faced the Nasville Predators. Last year his team played an uneventful, boring game that ended in a 2-0 Nashville win.
Lindy got half his wish, as the Preds and the Sabres played an uneventful, boring game that was 0-0 until Mike Grier scored a late third period goal. In 120 minutes of hockey between these two teams, a defensive effort has prevailed, with Nasville outscoring Buffalo 2-1 and a 1-1 series split.
Watching this game reminded me of two things, 1990s Devils hockey, and grass growing. For fans interested in a goaltending dual they got there wish. For an NHL who wants to increase scoring – the Sabres have to be a nightmare for them this year. Through three games the Sabres have scored four and allowed three – after adopting a team tough defensive style. You all remember those days that we despised rough because of his uber defensive system, well he’s back!
The Sabres are going to have to find some offensive touch if they are going to compete this year, on the heals of Capitals teams scoring six goals. and the Hurricanes scoring seven goals with seven different guys.
Tyler Myers did not dominate the ice tonight like he has in the first two games, but was still a good part of the defense. Tim Kennedy however, got under the skin of the Predators several times, and was very deserving of a star if it weren’t for both goaltenders playing at the top of their games.
A good note for Buffalo is that Ryan Miller is playing like an Olympic caliber goaltender. The bad news is they will probably be without defensemen Andrej Sekera for a lengthy period of time. Between intermissions Darcy was hopeful that Lydman would be back in time for Tuesday’s game, lets hope the injury to Sekera doesn’t force him back into the lineup too early. I expect to see Paetsch in the lineup for Sekera Tuesday when the Sabres return home to HSBC Arena to face the Detroit Red Wings.