All right Buffalo Sabres fans – the wait is over!
Last night, your jonesing for Sabres hockey was sated, at least partially, as Buffalo opened its pre-season with a trip to, and shootout win over, the Montreal Canadiens.
Sure, it wasn’t the regular season. And yes, you didn’t get to see Thomas Vanek, Cody Hodgson, or Ryan Miller (to name a few) play. And sure, Jhonas Enroth let in some softies, and yeah, the Sabres committed more penalties than we would have liked, and . . . .
Come on, Buffalo! I’m supposed to be OPTIMISTIC about this season.
What I’m getting at here is that last night’s game was a bit of a mixed back. Steve Ott was tossing his body around, and Zemgus Girgensons was playing like a man possessed. Matt Hackett came in and helped the Sabres stay within striking distance, and then stoned the Canadiens during overtime and the shootout.
However, the disturbing trend of marching off to the penalty box reared its ugly head last night, as the Sabres accumulated 12 penalties during regulation, and one more in overtime. Such undisciplined play is not going to help a young team stay competitive for long once the regular season rolls into the 716. And people who were already on the fence when it comes to having Enroth take over the starting job when (if) Ryan Miller leaves town in the near future certainly didn’t walk away from last night’s game feeling better about that possibility.
Time to vote! It’s just the preseason – should we just be happy to see the kids fighting out there? Or do the recurring issues scare you to death? As always, I love a good discussion, so leave your comments below or bug me @theamazingMrS.
And as a reminder, next up for Buffalo is Carolina on Thursday night. Sabres tickets are available for as low as $6.