So I am sitting here in section 319 pondering the Sabres first twenty minutes. The scoreboard is not a good indicator of how things are going.
Oh sure, the game is as entertaining as preseason hockey can be. Sure, the Buffalo Sabres are leading the Flyers 3 – 2. If we are going to make a serious run though…much has to change.
1) Tim Connolly needs to remember how to play real hockey. Twice he lost a battle for the puck in the Flyers zone. The second time it resulted in a two on one.
2) Derek Roy. Where to start here. First off, the refs have been on to you for a couple of years now, stop diving they are not going to call it. The moves you made in peewee may have worked there….but nine times out of ten they are not going to work in the NHL.
3) Chris Butler, let me ask you a question Chris, why at the ten minute mark did Ryan Miller have to defend himself? Isn’t that your job? Thought so.
All in all I am not seeing anything different from this team, so while we might make the playoffs this year…our weak spots are still our weakspots and our opponents will have us figured out well before May hockey gets here.