Tonight the Buffalo Sabres took on the Detroit Red Wings, falling 3-1 in regulation time.
The three stars for tonights game are:
Third Star: Ville Leino- Leino was one of the hardest working players tonight, registering a shot on net. What is more important, however, was the deep zone play by him. Should he have had an open lane or open pass, he could have scored or given multiple assists that would have changed the game and given a different outcome. Leino was constantly on the puck, carrying it all over the place, not letting go of it unless it was a sure pass. Regardless of if he recorded a point or not, Leino played an outstanding game and should be commended for it.
Second Star: Drew Stafford- Continuing his resurgent play of late under Nolan’s watch. Stafford seems to have gotten the “hardest-working team” memo very seriously. Firing off three shots tonight, and being the reason that Hodgson scored tonight with his heads up play to work the puck free, Stafford has definitely shown what he can do for Buffalo. Stafford was another player who was very cautious with the puck when he had it, and when he didn’t, he was attacking any player that did have it. Stafford’s return to the top line, which has been successful, has definitely upped his game.
First Star: Cody Hodgson- Hodgson was able to connect with Stafford on the forced turnover to put away Buffalo’s only goal. Hodgson has been slacking scoring-wise, but his play hasn’t dipped off much. Tonight, aside from the goal, seemed to have a great sense of the ice, cutting off passing lanes, being a great two-way player, and being aggressive in the offensive zone. Hodgson’s goal was his first in the last five games, so it’s nice to see whatever cold streak he was in has ended and now he can refocus and get the ball rolling again.
By the way, I like the thirds. That is all.