The Buffalo Sabres lost their third game in four tries this season, so what can we take away from this ill-fated contest?
The Buffalo Sabres fell to the Calgary Flames last night, and it marked their third loss in four games to kick off their 2023-24 season. Now, we don’t need to get too hung up on the fact that the Blue and Gold are just 1-3-0, as more than a few teams have bounced back after the first 4.87 percent of their season didn’t go as planned.
However, there are a few things they need to work out to keep this thing from getting out of hand. For one, they need to stop playing such inconsistent hockey, and for another, it would be great to see this team simplify their game. The latter alone would probably give them a better chance to win this Saturday when they face the New York Islanders. But until then, let’s discuss three primary takeaways from last night’s contest vs. Calgary.
3 takeaways in Buffalo Sabres latest loss
1 – Stagnation
The Buffalo Sabres made their fair share of miscues all game, but they entered the second intermission in a stalemate with Calgary. That said, it makes little sense to nitpick too much at the first two frames, though as mentioned in the above section: A simpler game would have helped.
Then came perhaps their most ill-fated third period of the season, and despite a goal from JJ Peterka, the Blue and Gold looked nothing short of abysmal. In the closing minutes, they took two bad penalties – one from Rasmus Dahlin despite the fact the Sabres still got their power play opportunity, and another one late for too many men on the ice.
They looked like the more physical hockey team at times, with Connor Clifton and Mattias Samuelsson coming up with a pair of memorable collisions. But in the third period, they lost that edge, which you can add to a breakdown in all three zones. Until the Sabres resolve their inconsistencies, expect issues like what you saw last night to continue.