The Buffalo Sabres played a road game against the New York Islanders tonight, and the Sabres were lousy. There really isn’t much to say about it, not much in-depth analysis to provide. Buffalo is one of the worst teams in the NHL, and they were outplayed by one of the other worst teams in the NHL.
With no Steve Ott, no Zemgus Girgensons, no Tyler Myers…there was little punch behind this team. Buffalo is currently comprised of a team full of AHL players, 3rd and 4th line NHLers, and maybe a couple 2nd liners. Results like this one are expected. The best that Sabres fans can hope for at this point, is that the Sabres can get the top overall draft picks this year and next, that the current prospects progress well, and that the Buffalo brass can make excellent draft selections in the next 2 years.
In the meantime, this team is going to suck, just like they did tonight.
For most of the season, the Sabres have relied on whoever is in net to keep them competitive. Jhonas Enroth was not on his game tonight. Buffalo also has to rely on the duo of Drew Stafford and Tyler Ennis to provide all of their scoring – there is no secondary scoring from anyone else in the lineup, other than Cody Hodgson. Of course, Ennis was the lone goal scorer for the Sabres against the Islanders.
Rasmus Ristolainen was called up due to an injury to Myers, and he was lackluster, as most defensemen in the NHL at his age are. The rest of the Buffalo defense looked lost, as usual. Jamie McBain, Mike Weber, and Henrik Tallinder are bad D-men on the worst team in the NHL – and that’s saying something.
Until next time, Sabres fans…try to keep your head up. Maybe the team will be competitive in 3 years.
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