Everyone remembers how the Blackhawks started off their season last year, a valiant 24 consecutive games without losing in regulation to solidify their mark in NHL history. They won games in heroic fashion, and it only seemed fitting that they went on to take home the Stanley Cup.
The Sabres are doing just the opposite this year. Obviously they are way off from setting any kind of winless streak record, but they’ve got the attention from entire league as the laughing-stock of the NHL.
Now five games into the regular season, the Buffalo Sabres are still without a win. It was difficult to gauge their potential after opening against three very talented teams, which included the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Detroit Red Wings on the road. But after back-to-back losses at home against two very beatable opponents, this squad looks to be in trouble.
The Sabres are everything the Blackhawks weren’t, and they seem to be struggling in all facets of their game. Costly defensive errors landed the Sabres on the short end of a 4-1 loss last night, but when your team is averaging a league worst 1 goal per game, it makes it impossible to win hockey games.
Mike Weber spoke to the media after an embarrassing -4 performance last night.
“It’s frustrating. I’m trying to just work hard and do my job and I didn’t get my job accomplished tonight,” Weber said. “It’s not like I wanted to go down minus-4, be on for every single goal tonight… “I’m supposed to help keep pucks out of the net and I was even putting them in the net.”
Buffalo is home to the two worst +/- players in league at the moment with Mike Weber at -8 and Tyler Myers at -7. It’s a joke when Myers, your highest paid defenseman is playing just as bad as anyone right now.
The Sabres are one of three teams to have already played five games at this point in time, and they only have one point to show for it. The only thing that comes to mind is pathetic. Things need to turn around soon in Buffalo as this is shaping up to be one of the worst seasons in recent memory.
In fitting fashion, the Sabres are set to take on the defending Stanley Cup champs tomorrow night in Chicago.