Ok, so for a team that showed promise in the preseason, they are not doing anything amazing to show that this team is anything like what they played like in the preseason.
Being 10 games in, what is going on in Buffalo?
Goaltending has been amazing for Buffalo. Both Miller and Enroth have paired up to stop 318 shots in 10 games. Thats amazing considering they have only let in 27 goals combined. Both goalies come to play and it’s rough out there when they are asked to hold off a firing squad on a daily basis.
Since being lined up together, the Ennis, Foligno, and Stafford line has seemed to awaken all three of the players at least a little bit. Since then, the line has resembled the “Coneheads” line made famous in the 1980 US Olympic hockey team. The line has been generating chances that both Stafford and Foligno have capitalized on. Ennis only has one goal, but he has been all over the ice and giving Drew and Marcus the chances. Pass. Shoot. And Score.
Cody Hodgson has been lively the latter part of the past few games, amassing 5 assists along with 2 goals. Hopefully this effort and success can carry on for him and influence the rest of the team to pick up the pace.
The third period seems to be a whole new period for the young Sabres, which is good because if they can get a lead and then play the third like they’ve been playing, wins will come more often.
Thomas Vanek has also seemed to find his stride and setting himself in. He looks more and more comfortable in each game that goes on.
We have almost no scoring whatsoever. In these 10 games we have scored more than two goals once. In the game that we did score more than two goals……WE WON. Our only win of the season, we scored more than two goals. It’s almost like saying “score goals and you can win.” Hmm.
The first two periods are shoot and miss lately. Some days we are on our game for one of the two periods, with the period that we are sluggish being the period that usually kills us.
We are 1-8-1. That is very ugly in my book.
Fans are starting the “Fire Darcy” chant on a daily basis. Nothing screams ugly more like that.