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GDT: Nashville @ Buffalo; 7:00 pm EDT, 12-12-2019

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9 points in the last 6 games.  Equals the total for all of November.  They have rebounded from the slump.

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Just another gritty, playoff-type effort.

2nd hard-fought game in a row where we just seemed to have more to give then the other guy down the stretch.

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2 minutes ago, Carmel Corn said:

Well-earned victory.....Having Mitts and Bogo sit out is addition by subtraction IMHO.

Hate to say it, but I didn't miss them and forgot they were scratched.

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Just now, dudacek said:

Just another gritty, playoff-type effort.

2nd hard-fought game in a row where we just seemed to have more to give then the other guy down the stretch.

Definitely true, and also another game in a row where we have more Jack Eichel than the other guy, too, 

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Nice. This is the Sabres we all have been waiting to see. Everyone is "on the same page" and, darn it, RK is making excellent coaching decisions.

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I have no problem with the way RK is setting the lines for these games. Who is sending out in what situations. 

Just need to get that PP working now and this team can roll for awhile like this... 

 

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1 minute ago, Tondas said:

Hate to say it, but I didn't miss them and forgot they were scratched.

I didn't miss them, and was glad they were scratched! Actually, the team missed their roster spots being taken up by non-contributors. That's one of many differences since they emerged from November.

1 minute ago, R_Dudley said:

I have no problem with the way RK is setting the lines for these games. Who is sending out in what situations. 

Just need to get that PP working now and this team can roll for awhile like this... 

This. If the PP were working, this team would look dangerous again.

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Excellent. 

First, Victor was a PP specialist. Not harmful, but completely invisible, at even strength. It reflected in his line's performance at even strength, as they lagged behind their opponents in goal scoring for the first month or so. 

Then he started to figure it out a bit - you saw the well-timed hip pivots that let him shield the puck in a way that, instead of giving in to the boards and losing it, any force would propel him in the direction of the puck, and he would push off of his opponents that way, knowing he can't overpower them. He started to get close to some goals, but nothing clicked. 

Now, he's making plays like that. He's a no-BS top 6 NHLer right now, almost at a point per game, and is getting better every night. It's been a long time since we've drafted a player and grown them into something like this. 

Sam quietly doing his thing.

I'm pretty sure we had all 21 possible combinations of defense pairings out there tonight, it was pretty wild, and seamless too. They were literally all excellent, with Risto leading the pack.

The game had a different feel early than it did late - it felt like no matter what Nashville was going to win, until it slowly felt like no matter what we are going to win. I credit the initial shift in our direction to Larsson, Kyle, and Zemgus. EXCELLENT shifts in the first and second set up goals on the following ones. 

Eichel is ridiculous and we are very lucky to be watching this. 

I pray to the hockey gods that we can stay healthy. We deserve to have some fun

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5 minutes ago, Thorny said:

3 in a row, including back to back in regulation 

All Linus games. 

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1 minute ago, Zamboni said:

VO is the poster boy for proper patient effective development. Very glad for him.

setting the standard

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Just now, Zamboni said:

VO is the poster boy for proper patient effective development. Very glad for him.

Patient yes, let him grow into an adult who can utilize and already incredible shot.

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Some things just make sense.  We have more capable defenseman than we do forwards.  So go with 7 defenseman and 11 forwards.  Play your better forwards more.  

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Larry with 3 seconds off 20 minutes for the night.

Never mind a good 4th line. Those guys are looking like a 3rd line.

And any GM who turned down a “fair” deal for Risto over the summer has got to be kicking himself right now. Right now, he’s playing like the player we hoped he would turn into 3 years ago.

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