Saturday, November 17, 2007

Oh How the Mighty Have Fallen...Or Have They?

Well, it took 15 games but the Sabres finally managed to score the first goal in their 4-1 win over the Canadiens last night. The streak was broken by recent Rochester call-up Clarke MacArthur. Buffalo is a completely different team playing with the lead as they force teams to open up, which creates space for the playmakers like Max, Vanek, Connolly, and Roy. The Sabres have played well recently although have not been reciprocated for their efforts. They out shot Ottawa in a 3-2 loss that could have gone either way.

Now that the Sabres have garnered a few goals and a much needed win, I expect that players will stop gripping the stick so tightly and get back to what made them successful. With Connolly expected to return shortly, Buffalo will be receiving a much needed offensive spark. The return could not come at a better time for the Sabres. Their next 3 games will be against NE division opponents and if the squad can manage to string a couple of wins together, it will go along way in getting them back into playoff contention.

The Sabres currently sit near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, although I do not expect that to continue. Look for the Sabres to make a strong push here and show that they are a team to be reckoned with.

On a side note defenseman Teppo Numminen has began skating. No timeframe has been established for his return...yet.

The Sabres will take on the Ottawa Senators Wednesday Night at HSBC.


Ron Guillet said...

Nice blog , Max. Like I've been saying....the Sabres will return....and they'll do so with a vengeance!