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  1. Brandon Montour suits up for the Sabres for the first time against the Wayne Simmonds-less Flyers. Philly is coming off of a big comeback win against Pittsburgh in the outdoor game on Saturday while Buffalo is coming off of last nights loss to the Leafs. All-time record against Philly: 69-85-20(ties)-4(OTL) FLYERS PROJECTED LINEUP Forwards 28-Claude Giroux, 19-Nolan Patrick, 11-Travis Konecny 23-Oskar Lindblom, 14-Sean Couturier, 93-Jake Voracek 25-James van Riemsdyk, 21-Scott Laughton, 12-Michael Raffl 10-Corban Knight, 44-Phil Varone, 38-Ryan Hartman Defense 9-Ivan Provorov & 6-Travis Sanheim 53-Shayne Gostisbehere & 3-Radko Gudas 8-Robert Hägg & 47-Andrew MacDonald Goalie 37-Brian Elliott (33-Cam Talbot) Injuries/suspensions G Carter Hart – ankle injury, out a week D Samuel Morin – surgery to repair torn ACL, injured reserve G Michal Neuvirth – lower-body injury, injured reserve SABRES LINEUP
  2. Blow Leafs Blow! From the Game Notes… This is the second of four meetings between the Sabres and Maple Leafs this season. Last meeting: Toronto defeated Buffalo 4-3 (OT) in Buffalo on Dec. 4, 2018 Next meeting: Saturday, March 2 in Toronto Jack Eichel has totaled 13 points (8+5) in 10 career games against Toronto, including six (3+3) in five road games. Sam Reinhart has recorded 13 points (5+8) in his last 13 games against the Maple Leafs, including at least a point in seven of the last eight meetings. Carter Hutton is 3-0-0 against Toronto in his career with a .930 save percentage and a 1.99 goals-against average. Jason Pominville (3+2) and Jeff Skinner (1+4) each enter tonight's game on four-game point streaks against the Maple Leafs. Rasmus Ristolainen has recorded six assists in his last five games against Toronto. The Sabres have allowed just one power-play goal in their last seven games, going 11-for-12 on the penalty kill (91.7%) during that stretch. Today's game opens up Buffalo's 12th of 16 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night at Philadelphia. The Sabres are 6-4-1 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 5-4-2 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo's point breakdown in their previous back-to-back sets is: four points (3), three points (1), two points (4), one point (2) and zero points (1).
  3. It's a 1 p.m. faceoff today as the Sabres play host to the Washington Capitals at KeyBank Center.
  4. Stop with the stupid faceoff time crap. The game broadcast starts at 730 if you don't understand that the puck doesn't get dropped until 8 minutes later that's your fault. The Sabres take on the Lightning in Tampa. The Lightning are the best team in the NHL. They are 17 points above the 2nd best team in the NHL. They play fast and hard. They generate shots and they defend well. They have good goaltending. To win this team is going to have to do something that haven't in months, show up for 3 periods and actually stick to the game plan. And no I don't care we started the thread before tomorrow because... NSFW https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vY0L-bcncXA Liger, out.
  5. What the heck is with this stupid start time? Maybe a change of scenery will help the Sabres? Does anyone really care anymore? I DO!! Another meaningful game just past mid-February. It has been at least 5 years since that was a thing. MUST WIN!! GO SABRES!!
  6. The time for fancystats is over. Tis the season to just win, baby!
  7. Ok folks here we go! Our Sabres get ready to clip the Jets’ wings and ground them. Below is excerpts from the Winnipeg Sun and I thought it would be fun to see it from another perspective. Mr. Laine meet Mr. McCabe. Oh you’ve already met. Must have been a smashing conversation. THE BIG MATCHUP Jacob Trouba and Josh Morrissey vs. Jeff Skinner The future of the Sabres’ top goal-scorer remains a question mark, with Skinner set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. However, what’s not a question is that Skinner remains one of the top goal-scorers in the NHL (33) and he will garner plenty of attention from the Jets’ top pairing of Trouba and Morrissey. GAME DAY LINEUPS Winnipeg Jets Forwards Kyle Connor-Mark Scheifele-Blake Wheeler Patrik Laine-Bryan Little-Jack Roslovic Mathieu Perreault-Adam Lowry-Brandon Tanev Brendan Lemieux-Andrew Copp-Mason Appleton Defence Josh Morrissey-Jacob Trouba Ben Chiarot-Dustin Byfuglien Joe Morrow-Tyler Myers Buffalo Sabres Forwards Jeff Skinner-Jack Eichel-Jason Pominville Conor Sheary-Casey Mittelstadt-Sam Reinhart Zemgus Girgensons-Johan Larsson-Kyle Okposo Vladimir Sobotka-Evan Rodrigues-Tage Thompson Defence Rasmus Dahlin-Zach Bogosian Marco Scandella-Rasmus Ristolainen Jake McCabe-Lawrence Pilut SPECIAL TEAMS POWER PLAY Winnipeg: 26.5.% (4th) Buffalo: 17.8% (20th) PENALTY KILLING Winnipeg 80.4% (14th) Buffalo: 82.2% (T8th)
  8. Hide your wives, daughters, and girlfriends as Mr. No Means Yes and the Blackhawks come to Buffalo to take on our Sabres. Game starts at 7:00PM by which time the Me Too crowd should be in full swing. The Hawks are lighting up the West in 14th place and boasting an 18-24-9 record, 8-14-3 on the road. The Sabres sit at 9th in the East with a 25-16-9 record (Deluca .500?). Sabres are 14-6-3 at home so checking my advanced stats it looks like they have a better chance at wining this one. I think we all hope for Linus to get the start tonight but Phil is like a box of chocolates. For the bad guys Crawford is injured I believe. This leaves either Ward with a 3.87 GAA and .888 SV% or Delia with a 3.00 GAA and .923 SV%. Linus by the way has a 2.83 GAA and Hutton has a 2.79 GAA. The Hawks have a -34 goal differential compared to the Sabres -4. Good luck to those brave souls in that WNY weather who are at the game. May you get a taste of heaven while literally sitting in hell frozen over. LW C RW DRAKE CAGGIULA Rating: 70.2#101 LW JONATHAN TOEWS Rating: 78.0#32 C PATRICK KANE Rating: 84.2#2 RW FL1 Rating Rating: 77.45#18 FL1 ALEX DEBRINCAT Rating: 78.2#14 LW DYLAN STROME Rating: 70.1#161 C DOMINIK KAHUN Rating: 71.4#125 RW FL2 Rating Rating: 73.21#23 FL2 BRANDON SAAD Rating: 73.8#42 LW DAVID KAMPF Rating: 70.3#153 C MARCUS KRUGER Rating: 69.5#172 RW FL3 Rating Rating: 71.17#23 FL3 CHRIS KUNITZ Rating: 69.9#107 LW ARTEM ANISIMOV Rating: 70.5#148 C JOHN HAYDEN Rating: 67.9#135 RW FL4 Rating Rating: 69.44#27 FL4 DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS DUNCAN KEITH Rating: 72.0#74 LD BRENT SEABROOK Rating: 71.5#72 RD DL1 Rating Rating: 71.76#28 DL1 HENRI JOKIHARJU Rating: 71.4#83 LD CONNOR MURPHY Rating: 70.1#94 RD DL2 Rating Rating: 70.71#30 DL2 SLATER KOEKKOEK Rating: 68.5#122 LD ERIK GUSTAFSSON Rating: 74.9#30 RD DL3 Rating Rating: 71.68#13 DL3 LW C RW JEFF SKINNER Rating: 80.4#9 LW JACK EICHEL Rating: 81.0#14 C SAM REINHART Rating: 76.8#24 RW FL1 Rating Rating: 79.38#9 FL1 CONOR SHEARY Rating: 73.2#50 LW CASEY MITTELSTADT Rating: 71.6#117 C EVAN RODRIGUES Rating: 72.8#64 RW FL2 Rating Rating: 72.53#28 FL2 REMI ELIE Rating: 68.6#121 LW VLADIMIR SOBOTKA Rating: 68.3#184 C TAGE THOMPSON Rating: 69.5#170 RW FL3 Rating Rating: 68.81#31 FL3 ZEMGUS GIRGENSONS Rating: 70.1#160 LW JOHAN LARSSON Rating: 68.8#120 C KYLE OKPOSO Rating: 71.0#98 RW FL4 Rating Rating: 69.93#21 FL4 DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS JAKE MCCABE Rating: 72.1#71 LD RASMUS RISTOLAINEN Rating: 76.2#25 RD DL1 Rating Rating: 74.11#21 DL1 RASMUS DAHLIN Rating: 74.8#26 LD ZACH BOGOSIAN Rating: 71.5#73 RD DL2 Rating Rating: 73.11#13 DL2 MARCO SCANDELLA Rating: 71.4#82 LD NATHAN BEAULIEU Rating: 70.7#84 RD DL3 Rating Rating: 71.07#17 DL3
  9. So I'll be at the game. If you're going to be too, look for the DFW Bills Backers group before the game at Valor Bar & Burgers in the arena. I'll be wearing a Reinhart jersey and my name is Paul. Come say hi.
  10. After a little vacation our Buffalo Sabres travel to Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets. Game starts at 7:00 PM on MSG-B. The Sabres are 9th in the east with 54 points, four behind 8th. Dropping two out three on the recent western road trip capped a poor showing post 10 game winning streak. Although more than half of the regular season games have been played, let’s hope the Sabres set the tone for the back end of the season. By tone I mean positive playoff push. The Blue Jackets sit at 6th in the east with 59 points. They are 14-9-2 at home while the Sabres are 10-12-3 away. They possess +8 goal differential to the Sabres’ -4. Expect the Blue Jackets to come out hard in the first home game of the back end. LW C RW JEFF SKINNER Rating: 80.5#10 LW JACK EICHEL Rating: 80.9#16 C SAM REINHART Rating: 76.4#26 RW FL1 Rating Rating: 79.28#10 FL1 CONOR SHEARY Rating: 72.1#69 LW CASEY MITTELSTADT Rating: 70.8#144 C EVAN RODRIGUES Rating: 71.8#80 RW FL2 Rating Rating: 71.57#30 FL2 TAGE THOMPSON Rating: 69.4#173 LW VLADIMIR SOBOTKA Rating: 68.4#183 C JASON POMINVILLE Rating: 73.3#56 RW FL3 Rating Rating: 70.36#29 FL3 ZEMGUS GIRGENSONS Rating: 70.0#160 LW JOHAN LARSSON Rating: 69.0#119 C KYLE OKPOSO Rating: 71.4#89 RW FL4 Rating Rating: 70.14#22 FL4 DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS RASMUS DAHLIN Rating: 74.4#30 LD ZACH BOGOSIAN Rating: 70.7#84 RD DL1 Rating Rating: 72.57#25 DL1 JAKE MCCABE Rating: 72.1#70 LD RASMUS RISTOLAINEN Rating: 76.3#24 RD DL2 Rating Rating: 74.18#10 DL2 MARCO SCANDELLA Rating: 72.0#73 LD MATT HUNWICK Rating: 71.3#74 RD DL3 Rating Rating: 71.63#15 DL3 LW C RW ARTEMI PANARIN Rating: 82.8#5 LW PIERRE-LUC DUBOIS Rating: 78.8#25 C CAM ATKINSON Rating: 82.2#4 RW FL1 Rating Rating: 81.30#5 FL1 NICK FOLIGNO Rating: 73.5#44 LW BOONE JENNER Rating: 72.9#80 C JOSH ANDERSON Rating: 73.4#54 RW FL2 Rating Rating: 73.26#22 FL2 BRANDON DUBINSKY Rating: 69.7#169 LW ALEXANDER WENNBERG Rating: 70.9#141 C ANTHONY DUCLAIR Rating: 71.2#86 RW FL3 Rating Rating: 70.59#28 FL3 OLIVER BJORKSTRAND Rating: 73.0#53 LW RILEY NASH Rating: 71.3#125 C LUKAS SEDLAK Rating: 70.0#108 RW FL4 Rating Rating: 71.43#6 FL4 DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS ZACH WERENSKI Rating: 76.6#15 LD SETH JONES Rating: 80.4#6 RD DL1 Rating Rating: 78.46#5 DL1 RYAN MURRAY Rating: 72.4#60 LD MARKUS NUTIVAARA Rating: 72.2#56 RD DL2 Rating Rating: 72.33#17 DL2 SCOTT HARRINGTON Rating: 69.1#120 LD DAVID SAVARD Rating: 72.5#51 RD DL3 Rating Rating: 70.76#23 DL3
  11. The Sabres play tonight ... so forget all your duties, oh yeah ... 😎 Seems like we will not be able to watch our Swedish hottie(s) take on their Swedish hottie. Just give me another win and I do not care how, or what it looks like. I can fly to Europe much faster than I can get to see duda, buno, or Rick ... this geography lesson brought to you by NS. The most MUST WIN!! since the last MUST WIN!! So, MUST WIN!! GO SABRES!!
  12. My banishment is over, I say (and I may be the only one saying it, but too bad ... all you guys have not had any luck at starting these either). This is the most MUST WIN!!, of all the MUST WINS!! GO SABRES!!
  13. Monday, 14 January 2019 the Buffalo Sabres visit the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. Game starts at 9:00 PM EST. Oilers are 11th in the Western Conference with a 21-21-3 record. Captain Connor McDavid has 27 goals, 40 assists for 67 points in 44 games played. Impressive considering the dumpster fire that has been Edmonton for a long time. Oilers are 11-10-1 at home and coming off a loss to Arizona. Sabres are 9th in the Eastern Conference with a 23-16-6 record. Captain Jack Eichel has 15 goals, 34 assists for 49 points in 42 games. Sabres are 9-10-3 away and coming off a double loss weekend. A win tonight and Montreal loss would put us back in 8th. Completely doable provided the Sabres play a complete game. The number one matchup we are looking forward to is Eichel/McDavid but don’t forget Risto likes to get under the skin of Lucic. Along with Kassian they bring a physical aspect the Sabres seem to have trouble dealing with offensively. Sabres need to bear down on this first game of a western road trip. Play fast and creative because the Oilers are who they are for a reason. Apologies on the lineup. It’s the best I could do but I don’t think TT is on Jack’s line. Could be wrong. MUST MUST WIN!!! LW C RW JEFF SKINNER Rating: 81.3#6 LW JACK EICHEL Rating: 80.3#18 C TAGE THOMPSON Rating: 69.9#171 RW FL1 Rating Rating: 77.15#17 FL1 CONOR SHEARY Rating: 71.9#72 LW VLADIMIR SOBOTKA Rating: 68.7#188 C SAM REINHART Rating: 76.3#29 RW FL2 Rating Rating: 72.32#24 FL2 ZEMGUS GIRGENSONS Rating: 69.8#172 LW CASEY MITTELSTADT Rating: 70.8#152 C JASON POMINVILLE Rating: 74.0#47 RW FL3 Rating Rating: 71.52#21 FL3 EVAN RODRIGUES Rating: 71.6#82 LW JOHAN LARSSON Rating: 68.8#126 C KYLE OKPOSO Rating: 71.7#76 RW FL4 Rating Rating: 70.70#10 FL4 DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS LAWRENCE PILUT Rating: 73.4#48 LD RASMUS RISTOLAINEN Rating: 77.0#20 RD DL1 Rating Rating: 75.23#18 DL1 RASMUS DAHLIN Rating: 74.1#32 LD ZACH BOGOSIAN Rating: 71.3#69 RD DL2 Rating Rating: 72.74#20 DL2 MARCO SCANDELLA Rating: 72.0#70 LD JAKE MCCABE Rating: 71.9#71 RD DL3 Rating Rating: 71.95#12 DL3 LW C RW RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS Rating: 74.6#51 LW CONNOR MCDAVID Rating: 90.7#1 C TY RATTIE Rating: 68.8#116 RW FL1 Rating Rating: 78.04#11 FL1 MILAN LUCIC Rating: 68.5#130 LW LEON DRAISAITL Rating: 80.1#19 C ALEX CHIASSON Rating: 70.4#95 RW FL2 Rating Rating: 73.00#18 FL2 RYAN SPOONER Rating: 69.8#113 LW JUJHAR KHAIRA Rating: 68.5#131 C JESSE PULJUJARVI Rating: 70.1#101 RW FL3 Rating Rating: 69.47#31 FL3 TOBIAS RIEDER Rating: 69.1#123 LW KYLE BRODZIAK Rating: 69.4#177 C ZACK KASSIAN Rating: 68.5#119 RW FL4 Rating Rating: 68.99#30 FL4 DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS DARNELL NURSE Rating: 73.5#46 LD KRIS RUSSELL Rating: 71.5#81 RD DL1 Rating Rating: 72.53#27 DL1 CALEB JONES Rating: 72.0#6 LD ADAM LARSSON Rating: 71.3#71 RD DL2 Rating Rating: 71.63#27 DL2 KEVIN GRAVEL Rating: 70.0#114 LD MATT BENNING Rating: 71.2#73 RD DL3 Rating Rating: 70.62#24 DL3
  14. Saturday, 12 January 2019 the Buffalo Sabres take on the Tampa Bay Lightening in Buffalo. Game starts at 7:00 PM EST and broadcast through MSG-B and SUN. Tampa has a +58 goal differential and is 15-4-2 on the road. They are 9-1-0 in their last 10 with the most recent victory coming against the Hurricanes who just beat the Sabres. Buffalo is 14-5-3 at home with a +3 goal differential. They are coming off a loss to Carolina as the spiral continues. Not exactly an optimal team to play against as we try to right the sinking ship. As Hutton played against the Canes and Ullmark having a good weekend record I expect the latter to get the start. Below are potential starting lineups. Obviously Tampa has a working formula so I don’t expect much deviation barring injuries. Buffalo on the other hand is struggling to find competent combinations for the middle six so I would not be surprised if we see a slightly different lineup. LW C RW ONDREJ PALAT Rating: 74.4#36 LW STEVEN STAMKOS Rating: 81.7#11 C ALEX KILLORN Rating: 72.6#90 RW FL1 Rating Rating: 76.24#21 FL1 TYLER JOHNSON Rating: 74.8#49 LW BRAYDEN POINT Rating: 84.2#7 C NIKITA KUCHEROV Rating: 88.8#1 RW FL2 Rating Rating: 82.60#1 FL2 ADAM ERNE Rating: 72.5#70 LW ANTHONY CIRELLI Rating: 73.5#72 C YANNI GOURDE Rating: 75.6#31 RW FL3 Rating Rating: 73.85#4 FL3 DANICK MARTEL Rating: 73.3#52 LW CEDRIC PAQUETTE Rating: 69.4#178 C MATHIEU JOSEPH Rating: 73.2#53 RW FL4 Rating Rating: 71.98#6 FL4 DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS VICTOR HEDMAN Rating: 80.5#3 LD DAN GIRARDI Rating: 71.8#60 RD DL1 Rating Rating: 76.15#11 DL1 RYAN MCDONAGH Rating: 76.2#19 LD ERIK CERNAK Rating: 72.8#42 RD DL2 Rating Rating: 74.50#10 DL2 BRAYDON COBURN Rating: 71.4#87 LD ANTON STRALMAN Rating: 74.1#33 RD DL3 Rating Rating: 72.76#9 DL3 LW C RW JEFF SKINNER Rating: 81.4#5 LW JACK EICHEL Rating: 81.1#16 C TAGE THOMPSON Rating: 69.8#172 RW FL1 Rating Rating: 77.46#15 FL1 CONOR SHEARY Rating: 71.1#102 LW VLADIMIR SOBOTKA Rating: 68.3#188 C SAM REINHART Rating: 76.3#31 RW FL2 Rating Rating: 71.89#24 FL2 ZEMGUS GIRGENSONS Rating: 69.7#173 LW CASEY MITTELSTADT Rating: 70.0#165 C JASON POMINVILLE Rating: 73.5#52 RW FL3 Rating Rating: 71.06#24 FL3 EVAN RODRIGUES Rating: 71.0#104 LW JOHAN LARSSON Rating: 68.5#141 C KYLE OKPOSO Rating: 70.7#87 RW FL4 Rating Rating: 70.03#20 FL4 DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS LAWRENCE PILUT Rating: 73.1#52 LD RASMUS RISTOLAINEN Rating: 76.6#23 RD DL1 Rating Rating: 74.82#18 DL1 RASMUS DAHLIN Rating: 73.1#51 LD ZACH BOGOSIAN Rating: 71.0#76 RD DL2 Rating Rating: 72.06#22 DL2 MARCO SCANDELLA Rating: 71.6#78 LD JAKE MCCABE Rating: 71.4#88 RD DL3 Rating Rating: 71.51#15 DL3
  15. Sabres take on the Windbags in Carolina Game Time Discussion further here known as GTD not GTM or any other variation I have come up with... Game Starts at 7:30p EST. down in Carolina https://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/buf-vs-car/2019/01/11/2018020683#game=2018020683,game_state=preview Carolina has been playing better of late but were schooled last night so for those going to the game I except a report on baby eating an pillaging. Anything less than 30 babies eaten will be considered unacceptable. I hope the Sabres make Rob Brindamore's nose more crooked... Have at it.
  16. You all asked for it. Have at it. Let's see if the "day before" juju was a fluke or if it really works.
  17. Since we have been in such a funk, I am going to try my hand at starting the GDT thread in order to change our luck around. After dropping games to both the Blues and NY Islanders, this Panthers game becomes even more of a MUST WIN if we want to keep holding on to playoff positioning. Practice report lines from last practice - expect Eichel is out for a bit with an Upper Body Injury.
  19. The Sabres get right back up on that horse in the last contest before the Christmas break. Not sure what happened last night (it's early), but saw a 2 -1 score for the Caps. Lets get these guys. MUST WIN!! GO SABRES!! +++++ 'This is what you wanted. This is what you're going to get' Aaayyyyyy Oohh!!
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