The Buffalo Sabres began 2014 on the same note in which they ended 2013, a losing note. Their first game of 2014 saw them face-off against former captain Jason Pominville and the Minnesota Wild where they were easily beatan by a stronger Western Team. At
least they were able to prevent the shutout and get on the board tonight thanks to Matt Ellis.
Right from the start tonight you could almost tell that tonight was not going to be the Sabres night. Miller came up big several times in the first few minutes and the Sabres put up two very uninspiring power play attempts. But when the 2nd period hit, everything went south tonight.
Tonight was not the way the Buffalo Sabres wanted to begin 2014, I’m not sure what they were playing but it certainly wasn’t hockey.
Here’s a few takeaway’s from the game.
- Did Ryan Miller have his best outing tonight, no not at all, but he deserves better. Miller might not have been sharp but the team in front of him was even worse. When the Sabres win it’s because Miller bails them out, but when he isn’t playing at 120% the team does nothing to back him up? Ryan Miller deserves better than the poor defence that attempts to play in front of him. Tonight Miller was hung out to dry by his team and it’s tough to watch. Hopefully team USA does a better job supporting Miller than his own team does. For the record, Miller wasn’t exactly horrible tonight, he made several key saves but when he needed the help his teammates were no where to be found.
- Right from the start the Buffalo Sabres were not sharp tonight. The first period was slow and boring but the Sabres did generate some chances despite going 0-2 on the power play, but the second period was horrible. The Sabres quickly found themselves down 2-0 in the 2nd as they watched the Minnesota Wild play hockey. The second period’s have not been kind to the Buffalo Sabres as of late and as a result they often find themselves down at the end of 40 minutes.
- Linus Omark was given an opportunity by the Buffalo Sabres to have another shot to make it the NHL, so far he has done nothing and I mean nothing to prove that he deserves said opportunity. For a guy playing for his NHL life, Omark has done nothing to attempt to earn a contract. Also Matt D’Agostini has done absolutely nothing much like Omark, heck John Scott is playing better than both of these guys.
- The good news is Jason Pominville is doing great in Minnesota, he scored a goal tonight when they were giving out his bobble head which looked nothing like him. Another thing to note is Drew Stafford left the game with an injury after hitting Matt Cooke. Cooke came back at Stafford and speared him marking the end of Stafford’s night. With Cody Hodgson and Ville Leino currently out, the Sabres are running out of forwards.