Video Recap: Buffalo Sabres Defense a No-Show Versus Columbus

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Buffalo Sabres fans, there is a saying – perhaps you’ve heard it before:

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.

That doesn’t look like what I ordered! James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Gah, I hate that saying.

What if it’s no longer summer?  Lemonade loses its appeal after summer.

What if I’m out of sugar?  Can’t make lemonade without sugar.

And dammit, what if I ordered apples for an apple pie?  How the hell is lemonade going to make up for my lack of apple pie?  Especially if I am expected to bring dessert?!?

Sometimes, when life hands you  lemons, its because life isn’t fair, and you wind up sucking lemons and leaving with a bitter taste in your mouth.  That pretty much describes every Buffalo Sabres fans’ experience with tonight’s game at home against the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Even if you are one of those patient types who just want to see the young players improve as the season progresses, you cannot be happy with what you saw tonight, because what you saw would suggest that these young players are not receiving the level of training they will need to get in order to have successful NHL careers.

Especially when it comes to defense.

Why do I say that?  Only because every single one of the four goals that the Blue Jackets scored tonight was the direct result of a complete and utter breakdown in defensive fundamentals.   If one, maybe two, goals had resulted from defensive breakdowns, you would shrug your shoulders and blame the players.  But when all four goals resulted from poor defense, you have to wonder whether the Sabres’ coaching staff is doing its job.

Let’s break down each goal, and see what the Sabres’ defense did – and what they SHOULD have done, instead.

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  • Dano

    Weber had a Gordie! Fight , goal and an Assist. If only the Goal and Assist werent on his own netminder..

    I dont know what Myers issues are. I really dont. He had one good year, then just fell apart. Maybe he misses having Hank there? I really dont know..

    No excuses for Weber either.

    It does seem though, that ALL the Veterans are lacking this year. Vanek looks like he has cement blocks on his feet. He looks slow on breakaways. Hodgson is seen just lingering around at times, not even really moving.. especially in the defensive zone. Its as if he and Vanek dont know what Defense is.

    I really enjoyed this article with the video. Good stuff.

    • Richard Spalding

      Thanks – glad you appreciate it! Yeah – hard to figure out why the veterans are not stepping up to carry the team. With a team this young, the vets you have need to double their efforts. Clearly, that is not happening.

      • Dano

        I believe it was all about contracts. A LOT of Free Agents were quite overpaid. A lot of RFA’s were quite overpaid. Sure there are some tangibles/intangibles..

        The Vets arent doubling their efforts and I dont believe they really will. With the cap almost hit by 90% in the league, these guys havent come to terms that their salaries will be in decline endless they show some intestinal fortitude and vigor.