Well folks, its officially happening. Sabres Nation is having a case of the deja vu. Watching the Sabres implode because of management’s inability to make a deal that will cement this team as a real contender.
So mired in a four game losing streak for the second time this month – we host the Bruins hoping to stop the slide, and hold onto what once seemed like a sure divisional title just three weeks ago.
Here we are now, less than a week away from the Olympic shutdown, just one point ahead the Sens – with games in hand.
If the Sabres can somehow snap this streak and go on a tear, they will reclaim the division just as fast as they lost it – but what this streak has taught us, and I’m talking about the streak of terrible play that started on the West Coast trip.
This team is not ready for playoff hockey.
Were far enough into the season, that if your coming to me for game analysis – you haven’t been coming here long enough to know that there are enough sites out there to give you how many shot blocks Tyler Myers has and how important it is to the game.
What I am going to tell you is if the Sabres cannot find the right harmony of players before the trade deadline – the Sabres are not going to be able to make it past the first round.
There are several things that the Sabres need to highlight and fix if they want this team to go anywhere in the playoffs. The first is their goaltending. Ryan Miller is not the superstar that even he wants to be. He is a good goaltender that is going to win a lot in the NHL. He will not however, have a Stanley Cup in his case when he has to work as hard as he does. Patrick Lalime has proven himself to be a suitable backup; when he has the chance to play. His 5-0 loss to Columbus highlighted the fact that it was his first start in 12 games.
Personally, I don’t see why you couldn’t play Lalime in back to back games against Carolina and Columbus.
The problem with the Sabres goaltenders, is the coaches. Lindy Ruff has proven time and time again that he canot properly manage that position. But why should he have to, you have Jim Corsi, an Olympian in his own right. Italy does not have an ice hockey representative this year, which is why the Sabres don’t have eight representatives headed to the games. Let him choose which goaltender is going to start for you, with your input of course.
The Sabres offensive and defensive woes were negligible when Miller was playing to impress USA Hockey. Now that he has the starting job in Vancouver, he has allowed his play to slip.
Instead of floating into the playoffs laying waste to whatever teams cross their path, they are now struggling to hold onto games, and no longer control their own destiny.
Same old song and Sabredance.