Overreactions from Game 2 of 82

This isn’t intended to be a regular feature, but since Saturday night’s showing was the polar opposite of Friday night, why not?

After what can be considered a “horseshit performance” against the New York Rangers on the night the Sabres raised their 2010 Northeast Division championship banner, any swagger the team or fans may have had after Friday’s win over rival Ottawa is sure to be fleeting.

The Sabres came out in their (lame, in my opinion) 40th anniversary jerseys and looked as soft as the felt used for the numbers. The Rangers walked away with a 6-3 win on the strength of rookie Derek Stepan’s hat trick in his NHL debut.

“There’s lots of things we can certainly review and learn from,” Sabres defenseman Steve Montador said. “That’s not NHL defensive-zone hockey. That’s summertime shinny. That’s first and foremost in the defensive zone that we’re going to be looking at.”

Among the things that were gathered from that clunker of a showing:

  • It would be hard as a enthusiastic supporter of USA Hockey not to be happy for Derek Stepan putting up that kind of effort in his NHL debut. Stepan was the captain and one of the heroes for last year’s World Junior gold-medal winning American squad. Would love to have a guy like that in the Sabres organization.
  • Tyler Myers looked absolutely awful. It could be argued he was the teams worst defenseman in that game if it weren’t for Craig Rivet.
  • Those uniforms looked horrible, just as I expected they would. At least we don’t have to worry about any of this “they’re a lucky charm” bullshit and they can get put away for good after this season.
  • Nathan Gerbe brought nothing to the table and the absence of Cody McCormick on the fourth line was noticeable. Without that third wrecking ball out there, Pat Kaleta and Paul Gaustad seemed to be running around trying to make up for it in the hitting department. They didn’t look good doing it.
  • Jordan Leopold and Derek Roy apparently are going to have to do all the scoring by themselves this season.
  • The Craig Rivet-Andrej Sekera pairing does not seem to be working. I don’t know if there’s any way other than removing Sekera from the lineup to fix that, because they won’t scratch the captain. I’d like to see what Weber-Sekera would look like, but a change will have to be made.
  • Safe to say preseason-Drew Stafford is not coming back? I think so.
  • Some changes are going to be necessary among the top 6 forwards. I’d prefer to keep Roy and Vanek away from each other, simply because I think Roy would start looking to pass rather than shoot, and at this rate, you need Roy shooting. Maybe go Ennis-Roy-Pominville and Vanek-Connolly-Stafford? Why not? Other than Roy and Ennis, nobody has been making a mark on the scoresheet.
  • Win or lose, the team needs to come out and look sharp against Chicago. I don’t see the Blackhawks falling to 0-3, so all I’d hope is that the Sabres look like they’re on the same level as the defending champs.

And did I mention how lame those uniforms looked?


Posted on October 10, 2010, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Eric once Darcy sounded the all clear (sending Zac Kassian back to Hockeyville) Drew knew he could reset to his default mode and be The Reluctant Dragon we’ve come to…know, anyway.
    Skate, mope, scratch….repeat.
    I cant wait to hear Darcy the Ditherer explain resigning Tim Connolly next spring….Top 20 Center , right ? Cant let him go!

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