Overreactions, 48th Edition: Shock and awful

First off, credit to the Sabres, carrying a double digit losing streak on the road, for actually holding a lead in this game. That was a shock.

(Ed. note: That was stated with sarcasm.)

For as bad as the team has been playing (and they’ve been awful), this is the game on the roadtrip of death that they seemed least likely to win. And they didn’t.

The St. Louis Blues moved to 21-3-3 at home on the season, the best mark in the National League, as they defeated the basement-dwelling Buffalo Sabres by a score of 4-2 Saturday night.

An early goal by Mike Weber rewarded the Sabres for a strong first period, after which they led 1-0. St. Louis took over in the second, and by the time Tyler Myers scored to get back within one in the third, it was too late.

St. Louis got two goals and two assists from David Backes, whose empty netter sealed it.

Ryan Miller made 23 saves on 26 shots in the loss.

“It kind of got away from us in the second period,” Miller said. “We didn’t do some of the things we needed to do. It turned into a period that gave them back the edge.”

Again, like many of these now 12 straight road losses, Miller has made the saves early and failed to see the team take control offensively. A one goal head-start lasted into the second and was never recovered.

Buffalo next heads to New Jersey on Tuesday for a date with the Devils.

  • Lindy Ruff reunited the Luke Adam with Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville to start the game, and their first few shifts were pretty solid. Unfortunately, the line didn’t produce much. Pominville added an assist on Myers’ late goal, but Adam finished -2 and Vanek -3.
  • Brad Boyes had a very good game, albeit one where he failed to score yet again. He generated some good pressure offensively, and played 19:00 in his return to St. Louis. It was the first time this season he broke 19:00 in TOI. He’s had more than 17:00 of ice time just five times this season. 
  • Tyler Myers had a powerplay goal and an assist and was still a -1. Great that the kid produces offensively here and there, but he hasn’t been good defensively at all this season.
  • Thomas Vanek’s goalless drought is now eight games. That’s not helping.
  • This game shouldn’t have pushed anyone over the edge. As I noted earlier, it was probably the least winnable of the trip. The Blues are straight-up dominant at home. Even if the Sabres were going well, I had low expectations.
  • Barret Jackman should be on Terry Pegula’s shopping list if he hits the market. Exactly the kid of defenseman this team can use. Gets it done defensively and takes absolutely no shit from anyone. Having him with Regehr on the roster makes the defense much, much tougher.
  • Buffalo’s -31 goal differential is currently the second worst in the league. In the oft-mentioned comparable 2002-2003 campaign, they finished at -29. This team is terrible.
  • Each loss brings more and more pressure from certain media types to make a move immediately. Credit Regier for not being reactionary. This team is broken. Make the best deal. If he does nothing, that’s a problem. But if he’s just doing nothing right now, fine.
  • Still another week and a half until the team plays a home game. Fans are gonna sit on this streak until then. Can’t wait to see what kind of crowd shows up.

Posted on January 22, 2012, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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