The Buffalo Sabres are off to an 0-2-0 start, but there is still plenty of hockey to go in 2023-24, and plenty of reasons to get bold this week.
For the foreseeable future, I will make one pact with myself: I will not make a bold prediction involving Zach Benson. The kid has been the Buffalo Sabres best-kept non-secret so far, but unless he’s here beyond Game #9, he won’t be part of any piece that pushes the limits of reality.
But given the Blue and Gold’s pedestrian play involving a few players in the lineup, I’m perfectly okay with going bold in other avenues. It won’t be as much of an outing this week when I make one of them regarding the Tage line. Even if I lost that venture last week when I said Jeff Skinner would score a game-winning goal.
I also (boldly) projected Rasmus Dahlin would have a hot start, and he instead had one good performance and one not-so good outing. However, I was half-right involving the goaltender duels, as Devon Levi had a good game the other night against the New York Islanders.
So what bold projections are in place this week? Well, you know what won’t be.
3 bold predictions for the Buffalo Sabres in Week 2 of 2023-24
1 – Tage scores five points in three contests
After two games last season, Tage Thompson scored exactly zero goals and zero assists, before he snagged three in his next three contests. This week, he’s getting three goals and two assists, with at least two of those points coming tomorrow vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning.
While it’s still too early in the season to make a lot of assumptions here, we also know Tampa won’t have it easy defensively for a while. And it showed in the fact that they allowed 11 goals in the past two games. Their game against the Buffalo Sabres will be their third in four days while the Blue and Gold are coming off of a two-day rest as well, so that also pays dividends.
While Tage also has no points to show yet this season, he logged four shots on goal this past Saturday and was starting to rediscover that groove he had with Jeff Skinner and Alex Tuch. We know it won’t be long until Tage has that game, and it’s coming this week.