Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
jsb

GDT: Dallas visits Buffalo Sabres Oct. 14th, 3pm ET, MSG and WGR550

Recommended Posts

23 minutes ago, 7+6=13 said:

It's that he's not what his numbers have said about him.  We've had massive issues on defense and after the first handful of reasons - then you can look at Risto.  Is he perfect?  No, but he's a good player.  He's tied for the 41st highest paid defenseman and at this point - is tremendous value.  

Defense, IMO, is the hardest position after goaltender to hide not having a good game.  His issues get way over blown, IMO.  

The dude is a horse! Unfortunately, he is the whipping boy of some on here. Way underrated as a real world player by the numbers crowd.

  • Like (+1) 5

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
20 minutes ago, CallawaySabres said:

Dare i say we have a coach that has his finger on the pulse of the goaltending?!

Pretty easy when the defense plays this well 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

To keep things in perspective they've only played one team (PIT) inside the top 15 in the league. 

They are playing better but I'm not sure they can compete night in night out against the likes of BOS, TBL, TOR,  CAR, WSH, etc...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
19 minutes ago, Tondas said:

“There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again.”

Dubya is a wise man

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Radar said:

Stay aggressive and not fall back into prevent mode spending the period in your zone defending.

Outshot 12-3 in the third.

Scored 2 goals, gave up none.

Progress.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Just now, pi2000 said:

To keep things in perspective they've only played one team (PIT) inside the top 15 in the league. 

They are playing better but I'm not sure they can compete night in night out against the likes of BOS, TBL, TOR,  CAR, WSH, etc...

Small sample size, but I can't remember them having a start of the season like this.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That powerplay is all I imagined it to be with Eichel and Olofson both ready to put it in any corner.   

Not even sure if both skinner and samson are still needed there, just put some warm bodies in front and have them on PP2.

  • Like (+1) 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
6 minutes ago, pi2000 said:

To keep things in perspective they've only played one team (PIT) inside the top 15 in the league. 

They are playing better but I'm not sure they can compete night in night out against the likes of BOS, TBL, TOR,  CAR, WSH, etc...

But, against 4 teams whom finished in the Top 15 last year.

  • Like (+1) 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 minutes ago, pi2000 said:

To keep things in perspective they've only played one team (PIT) inside the top 15 in the league. 

They are playing better but I'm not sure they can compete night in night out against the likes of BOS, TBL, TOR,  CAR, WSH, etc...

This is a little unfair considering Dallas, CBJ, and Pit were playoffs teams last year, and Mon had 96 pts. In addition, all but CBJ were predicted playoff teams this season.  

  • Like (+1) 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
47 minutes ago, Tondas said:

Seems like the Sabres attitude this year is:

This ain't no party, this ain't no disco,
This ain't no fooling around
No time for dancing, or lovey dovey,
I ain't got time for that now

Truly - Men at Work

  • Like (+1) 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
40 minutes ago, Stads said:

What does it all mean? I don't know if I'm ready to fully open up my heart to this team. The pain of last year still lingers. They wouldn't do it again, right?

Of course they would, and they probably will.

But if you really, really care about a team, and you stick with them, every now and then you get to experience something amazing.

 

15 minutes ago, pi2000 said:

To keep things in perspective they've only played one team (PIT) inside the top 15 in the league. 

They are playing better but I'm not sure they can compete night in night out against the likes of BOS, TBL, TOR,  CAR, WSH, etc...

I was thinking this myself today.

OTOH, there are a lot of teams in the unwashed middle and the lower tier, and plenty of points available there to secure a playoff spot.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, bunomatic said:

I’d like to see them keep attacking

They kinda did.

From what I could see they went into a 1-1-3 forecheck mode. Only one forward was deep and pressuring the D-man with the puck. Another forward was just above the face off circles in the o-zone and the other three where around the center line.

They did attack the puck quick and take away passing lanes.

They did learn from their last few games when they had the same opportunity.

Most importantly all 4 lines had good long puck control shifts in the o-zone. Which I believe is what you wanted to see happen most of all.

Edited by woods-racer
  • Like (+1) 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
58 minutes ago, CallawaySabres said:

Dare i say we have a coach that has his finger on the pulse of the goaltending?!

Agreed.   What is it?   Is there any statistics that capture rebounds or the control of rebounds, because it seems like it's so much better. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

textbook win from a team playing as a team.

I am starting to notice all the little things that are different. Examples, Risto dropping back rather than charging the corner on offense (and getting caught deep), stretch passes, back checking, defensive coverage, smart positional hockey. Is it too early to say Krueger is coach of the year? 

Hutton is sooooooooo much better when the D is there to pick up the rebounds. 

Let's see how we handle a road trip now. 

  • Like (+1) 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So looking forward to see how Krueger gets the team to play on the 3 games west coast trip.

It should tell a lot where they are really at.

1 minute ago, PerreaultForever said:

textbook win from a team playing as a team.

I am starting to notice all the little things that are different. Examples, Risto dropping back rather than charging the corner on offense (and getting caught deep), stretch passes, back checking, defensive coverage, smart positional hockey. Is it too early to say Krueger is coach of the year? 

Hutton is sooooooooo much better when the D is there to pick up the rebounds. 

Let's see how we handle a road trip now. 

You beat me to it.

  • Like (+1) 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We’re going to lose games... but the key is not let let one or two losses turn into four or five In a row and we’ll be in the mix in March.  

  • Like (+1) 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, SwampD said:

Not the first time this has happened this year. Not sure what it’s going to take for this narrative to die.

It literally is - it's his first point, and first contribution to a goal, unless you count skating in a straight line towards the goalie while Johansson and Skinner complete a cross-ice roof job goal. 

As compelling as his 13 point pace season is in a top six role... 😉

Just yanking your chain. He's been playing fine. Still waiting for an upgrade on the spot, internal or otherwise

Edited by Randall Flagg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
28 minutes ago, PerreaultForever said:

textbook win from a team playing as a team.

I am starting to notice all the little things that are different. Examples, Risto dropping back rather than charging the corner on offense (and getting caught deep), stretch passes, back checking, defensive coverage, smart positional hockey. Is it too early to say Krueger is coach of the year? 

Hutton is sooooooooo much better when the D is there to pick up the rebounds. 

Let's see how we handle a road trip now. 

Good post.  Totally agreed on all points...at least for a game 6 assessment.  We have to wait and see what these guys are like month to month.  And as @pi2000 noted, we haven't seen the top-tier teams yet.

So, with those qualifiers submitted, this isn't the same team who went 10-in-a-row last season.  IMHO, this is a significantly better team.  Calm, position-ally sound, responsible with their goalie, taking pucks to the high-danger areas.  It's stunning a lot of these guys are the same.

If this continues, RK will definitely be leading the coach-of-the-year race, and, frankly, Botterill should get some type of award.  Do we really have a GM who knows what his team needs from coaching on down?  Does Botterill really get the X-factor of team chemistry and other intangibles, and able to mix them with a keen reading of player metrics?  Which one of these things would you drop if it meant we could have the remainders?

  • Like (+1) 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Just now, Randall Flagg said:

I only saw five minutes of this one (included the Reinhart goal). How was the third period?

As @PerreaultForever said, it was a textbook win from a high-caliber team. You couldn't ask for a better period from any team.

If you're going to watch the full game replay on MSG, skip the first, watch the second and third.

  • Like (+1) 1
  • Thanks (+1) 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Where can I find better shot quality/shooting location charts?

image.thumb.png.87baf38dfcd106d983944351911d32d1.png

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, nfreeman said:

Of course they would, and they probably will.

But if you really, really care about a team, and you stick with them, every now and then you get to experience something amazing.

That's beautiful man 😢

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...