Ville Leino Support Thread: Day 2 – Senators

All right, Ville: it’s game day!

Nov 15, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres left wing Ville Leino (23) and Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Paul Ranger (15) during the second period at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

I hope you have your head on straight; I’m sure being made a healthy scratch Tuesday night against these very Ottawa Senators had you scratching your noggin a bit.  From what  I hear, you kind of dogged it at practice – don’t shake your head at me, I’m just telling you what I heard – but personally, I feel like you got the short end of the stick.  You’ve been working really hard lately, really battling on the boards and doing your best to help Buffalo maintain possession of the puck, so don’t think some of us haven’t noticed this!  Keep trusting yourself and busting tail, and you’re bound to put one in the back of the net tonight.

Having said that . . . here, take this chair, and make yourself comfortable.  Good.  Now: as much as I would love to see you score your first goal of the season tonight, your history against the Senators doesn’t exactly fill me with a lot hope.  According to Hockey-Reference.com, you have faced the Senators ten times in the regular season, five times as a member of the Buffalo Sabres and five times during your stint with the Philadelphia Flyers.  Your numbers across those ten games? One goal, four assists, five total points.  Not exactly your best match-up, from a goal-scoring perspective.

Don’t get discouraged, though!  Use your getting benched the other night as some motivation, and take heart in the fact that goaltender Craig Anderson is probably starting for the Sens tonight.  After playing like a Vezina Trophy Finalist last season, Anderson has come back down to earth, posting a very human 3.40 GAA and .895 save percentage this season.  My advice: keep battling, but stop looking to make that home-run pass for an assist and take a few more shots, since you are averaging exactly one shot per game over your last five outings. Shoot the puck, Mr. Leino!

Good luck – we’re pulling for ya!

Topics: Buffalo Sabres, Ville Leino

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  • JHizzle75

    Shoot the puck indeed.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Such simple advice – really could apply to all the Sabres.

      • JHizzle75

        Exactly. But let’s all single Leino out because he accepted a big contract! What an idiot. He should have said
        “Sorry, guys… I can’t take all this money! I mean I had a good playoffs but I’m really not worth it.”

        • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

          I know, because so many athletes do that! I’d take that much money if the Sabres offered it to me, and I would never score a goal no matter how many games I played!

  • Dano

    Rich.. Its great and noble effort in supporting Leino but the truth is.. He could count his stones all day long and not come up with the same number twice. Theres no consistency to him. Give him to the AHL and bring up someone for some ice-time in the show. Call up that Russian already! :)

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      He wouldn’t clear waivers – someone would grab him, I guarantee that. It’s not Grigorenko I want back – it’s Larsson.

      • Caitlin Campbell

        I don’t know if someone would grab him he’s got a pretty big cap hit…

        • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

          True, but he could be valuable to many teams looking to finalize for a playoff run. It won’t matter because the Sabres won’t do this, but I would be amazed if he cleared waivers if it ever came to that.

          • Dano

            His cap hit and 2 years left on his contract make him almost unmovable.

      • Dano

        OK, call up a sweed then! Russian, Sweed, Meathead.. I dont care! Just send Leino away! :)

  • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

    He was right on the doorstep – damn you, Anderson!

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