Buffalo Sabres vs Anaheim Ducks: Reactions

If no news is good news, should I just stop here?

Nov 2, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres left wing Matt Moulson (26) tries to knock down the puck during the second period against the Anaheim Ducks at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

 

 

The Buffalo Sabres lost a close game at home tonight, 6-3, to the Anaheim Ducks. When I say close, I mean that it could have been much worse.

Sure, the Sabres are going to struggle, since the team is chock-full of rookies and youngsters. Yet, in tonight’s game, the Sabres were facing a Ducks team that was featuring five rookies of their own – and Buffalo still got demolished. At home, no less. Flat out – the compete level was NOT there for the home team.

Buffalo managed only 17 shots on goal tonight. One of the lone bright spots is that Tyler Myers finally scored his first goal of the season. It was one of those nights where Myers looked like he could become an impactful player in the NHL, in contrast to most nights where he looks clumsy and mediocre. Whether or not Myers can actually develop into a Norris-contending player remains dependent upon whether he can put in consistent games of solid play.

One of the dark spots tonight was Jhonas Enroth. The ‘tender to take over once Buffalo finally finds a trading partner for Ryan Miller, Enroth let in 6 of 29 shots tonight. Imagine if it would have been the usual 40+ shots that the Sabres typically surrender. It seemed like most of the Ducks goals were occurring with Mark Pysyk and Christian Ehrhoff both on the ice – 2 players who are expected to be among the most defensively-responsible for Buffalo.

Curiously, coach Ron Rolston decided that Mikhail Grigorenko should be a scratch tonight. In my opinion, this is a maddening decision. “Grigs” was coming off one of his finest games of the season, winning 7 of 9 faceoffs against the Rangers, and leading in Sabres ‘Corsi Numbers’ for 5-on-5 play in that game. The team employs the man who invented ‘Corsi Numbers,’ yet the team pays no attention to them?

If you want a positive from me – the Sabres loss tonight improves their odds of getting Sam Reinhart in the 2014 NHL Draft. As hard as it might be, I still love the Sabres, but they are sure as hell hard to watch this season.

Topics: Anaheim Ducks, Buffalo Sabres, NHL, Reaction, Recap, Sabres

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  • dave

    Hockey Gods please make it stop can’t stand the suffering anymore can’t beleave poeple still have jobs Terry must not give a shit up in his ivory tower

    • Andrew

      Maybe in 5 years, Dave.

      Maybe in 5 years.

  • Jes

    JW if anyone here goes to Sabres games? Anyone ever show up there with a paper bag over there head this season?

    I was watching OTR the other day and the guys on there were saying shit like the Sabres are the disgrace of the NHL. And they said for the Sabres to be successful Ron Rolston has to be there coach. And the reason being is he will lead them towards Conor McDavid. lol

    And one final thought can we plz get this fire Darcy billboard on the go?

    • Andrew

      I’ll add some money towards that billboard.

  • qwicwted

    I liked the first period of the game and then all hell broke loose. You know when I am saying to myself that McCormick is playing better than Stafford, it makes me wonder why Grigorenko is sitting. Also it makes me wonder jst what the heck Tillinder is bringing to the table, I would rather see Sulzer or McNabb. At this point, I expect our youngsters to make mistakes but it really kills me and I think the fans when some of our vets are just dogging.

    • Andrew

      1. Stafford is bringing nothing to this team.

      2. Absolutely NO logical reason why Grigs was sitting coming off his best game of the season.

      3. Agreed. Tallinder, in the current process, is a waste of space. Give playing time to a youngster, or someone you hope to develop trade value for.

    • Andrew

      1. Stafford is bringing nothing to this team.

      2. Absolutely NO logical reason why Grigs was sitting coming off his best game of the season.

      3. Agreed. Tallinder, in the current process, is a waste of space. Give playing time to a youngster, or someone you hope to develop trade value for.

    • Andrew

      1. Stafford is bringing nothing to this team.

      2. Absolutely NO logical reason why Grigs was sitting coming off his best game of the season.

      3. Agreed. Tallinder, in the current process, is a waste of space. Give playing time to a youngster, or someone you hope to develop trade value for.