The motto going into the second best start in franchise history was don’t lose two in a row. With a terrible showing last weekend that put more holes in that theory that Patrick Lalime in net – the Sabres needed to get back to basics and learn how to handle the schedule that the league handed to them, with several stretches of three games in four nights. Something they struggled wtih last week.
The Sabres showed the NHL that they can be ready for that type of schedule, winning all three games this week. Starting with Edmonton, which was probably by far the easiest of the three games. After the very physical Friday night game against Calgary, I honestly did not think the team had it in them to play the Flyers, whom just about a week before had skated into Buffalo and took a very phsyical game to the Sabres, who were embarassed in front of a home crowd.
There is one thing I love about this Sabres team, they don’t like to be embarrassed, and Danny Briere, a former Sabre knows it.
Briere said that the Sabres were still thinking about the Flyers’ 5-2 win in Buffalo on Nov. 6.
“I think their coaching staff used that game as motivation,” said Briere.
Tied now for the fewest games played in the Northeast Division (17 – Ottawa also only has 17), the Sabres are putting a lot of distance between them and the rest of the Northeast. For a team that likes to taper off towards the end of the season, it is important for them to win as many as they can now, especially with Miller looking like the prime candidate to start for Team USA in Vancouver. It is still only November, but if the Sabres can stay hot through the holiday break and then onto the Olympics, they stand a good chance at breaking the playoff drought.
Tyler Ennis made his Sabres debut – and scored a goal. It continues to show that the Sabres have a deep pool of prospects that are going to be able to step in and fill the void caused by an injury. Now if only they could do that at the goaltending position, they could make a serious run for the cup. The Sabres are now 0-2 without Miller in net.