The Buffalo Sabres skated into Los Angeles tonight to take on the Kings, and somehow, I made it through this snoozefest without falling asleep.
If you were hoping that Buffalo would be riding high and carrying some motivation following their lucky win against the San Jose Sharks just 2 nights ago, your hopes were misguided. The Sabres dropped their match against the Kings, 2-0, and exhibited little effort in the game. Buffalo displayed no chemistry, little character, and no energy.
As usual, the Sabres were outshot, this time 28-19. Drew Stafford took a stupid slashing penalty while Buffalo was already on a penalty kill, and the Kings promptly scored. Tyler Myers was pitiful in this game, taking 3 minor penalties, and getting a 5-minute major for a fight (if you can call it that).
Honestly, there isn’t much to say about the game. Los Angeles played a simple game, and it worked well against a Sabres team that looked like they spent the previous night bar-hopping around LA. Dustin Brown laughing looks like the kid in the movie Uncle Buck – the one in the principals office laughing while John Candy tells the principal to hire a rat to gnaw off her mole. My fellow SabreNoise writer Rich Spalding has an extensive DVD collection – I am sure he knows what I am talking about.
Ron Rolston continued to sit Mikhail Grigorenko and Nikita Zadorov for no good reason. These are hopefully cornerstone players of the Sabres future, so please explain why they are not on the ice gaining meaningful game experience. Are Cody McCormick and Jamie McBain the future?
One game after showing developing chemistry, the top line of Cody Hodgson, Tyler Ennis, and Matt Moulson looked lost and exhausted. In the first period, a line of Zemgus Girgensons and Corey Tropp showed good energy, but they disappeared after that.
After 18 games, the Sabres are now on pace for 13 wins in 82 games. They are well on their way to the worst season in franchise history – you have to go all the way back to the 2nd Sabres season in 1971-72, when they only won 16 of 82 games. Sorry, Darcy, but this is a disaster.