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1 hour ago, bob_sauve28 said:

Ullmark or an empty net all game. Hutton should not even be an option any more. 

Carter Hutton has reached Patrick Lalime status where he is virtually unstartable.

Sabres need to cut bait take the hit and move on. Hutton is playing a significant role in costing this team a chance at a WC

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1 hour ago, Ruff Around The Edges said:

Any updates on how long Jeff Skinner will be out? Its been 2 weeks and they said 2-3 weeks, is he skating with the team yet?

I'd put zero credence into any of these injury estimates. Thompson was originally our 5-6 weeks and is now looking like 30+ weeks

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If I'm not mistaken Vegas is on a small losing streak so will this be just like the Vancouver game? Hope not.

Zemgus with Eichel I mean sure, why not, try everything, but I do think the lack of continuity (coaching desperation) is a problem for this team yet again. This was my biggest critique of Housley, and it's no better this year. No wonder we pass so poorly. I will be surprised if team softness is not one of the topics of discussion later tonight. 

 

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6 minutes ago, Ruff Around The Edges said:

Carter Hutton has reached Patrick Lalime status where he is virtually unstartable.

Sabres need to cut bait take the hit and move on. Hutton is playing a significant role in costing this team a chance at a WC

Ugh, that 2008/2009 season was brutal. The Sabres had 41 wins, were +16 in goal differential, and hit 91 points in the standings. They were a playoff team with merely BAD backup goaltending. But Lalime gave them just 5 wins in 21 starts. If that was only 6 or 7 wins in 21 starts, they were a playoff team. 

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1 minute ago, Randall Flagg said:

Ugh, that 2008/2009 season was brutal. The Sabres had 41 wins, were +16 in goal differential, and hit 91 points in the standings. They were a playoff team with merely BAD backup goaltending. But Lalime gave them just 5 wins in 21 starts. If that was only 6 or 7 wins in 21 starts, they were a playoff team. 

Agreed, Lalime was horrendous and had another year where he went 0-5 as a backup if I recall

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26 minutes ago, PerreaultForever said:

Zemgus with Eichel I mean sure, why not, try everything, but I do think the lack of continuity (coaching desperation) is a problem for this team yet again. This was my biggest critique of Housley, and it's no better this year. No wonder we pass so poorly. I will be surprised if team softness is not one of the topics of discussion later tonight. 

The only reason for this "lack of continuity" is injuries.  Krueger was almost fanatical about keeping lines together before the injury bug hit.

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19 minutes ago, Doohickie said:

The only reason for this "lack of continuity" is injuries.  Krueger was almost fanatical about keeping lines together before the injury bug hit.

Fanatical.  To the point of being inflexible.  But every coach has their methods (or processes in the Bills case).

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1 hour ago, Ruff Around The Edges said:

Carter Hutton has reached Patrick Lalime status where he is virtually unstartable.

Sabres need to cut bait take the hit and move on. Hutton is playing a significant role in costing this team a chance at a WC

I was just in Webmens and they had a Sabres shirt with 40 Hutton on it. I bet that isn’t selling too well! 

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1 hour ago, LGR4GM said:

What do you want to bet? How many games does this have to be and how do you define productive? 

God the Reinhart ***** hate narrative is reaching a fever pitch now. 

TRpm

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6 minutes ago, pi2000 said:

TRpm

The more I learn about what this metric actually shows, the less weight it carries for me.  I know the intent of what it's trying to measure, but I don't think it really measures that.

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46 minutes ago, bob_sauve28 said:

I was just in Webmens and they had a Sabres shirt with 40 Hutton on it. I bet that isn’t selling too well! 

Probably better than the "BILLS PLAYOFFS - ALL THE WAY THIS TIME" hoodies I saw at the front of the store over the holidays?

which are probably selling better than the "Sabres Playoffs - Dear god, just a sniff to be even close to qualifying" onesies that exist in my head.

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1 hour ago, Doohickie said:

The only reason for this "lack of continuity" is injuries.  Krueger was almost fanatical about keeping lines together before the injury bug hit.

Not with D pairings, which is even more important. The Buffalo News thing posted mentions this as well. Lack of communication and playing with a regular partner. We actually don't have all that many injuries (compared to most teams). It just seems like a lot because we have such lousy depth.

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11 minutes ago, PerreaultForever said:

Not with D pairings, which is even more important. The Buffalo News thing posted mentions this as well. Lack of communication and playing with a regular partner. We actually don't have all that many injuries (compared to most teams). It just seems like a lot because we have such lousy depth.

He had to manage 10 D-men for 6 spots for most of the year.   Injuries to Dahlin, Bogo, Scandella and Jake.    He's also been told (my assumption, no insight) to showcase certain players for trades.  And also has to keep ego's in check.    So he's kind of got some excuses.  

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3 hours ago, Taro T said:

Are you certain the average Buffalo sports fan could name any more than 5 Sabres?

How many pins can fit on the head of an angel?

1 hour ago, Doohickie said:

The more I learn about what this metric actually shows, the less weight it carries for me.  I know the intent of what it's trying to measure, but I don't think it really measures that.

You're kidding.

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3 minutes ago, PASabreFan said:

How many pins can fit on the head of an angel?

You're kidding.

To the bolded, would suppose that depends on whether the angel is a pin head or not.

To the non bolded, thank you.

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1 hour ago, Doohickie said:

The more I learn about what this metric actually shows, the less weight it carries for me.  I know the intent of what it's trying to measure, but I don't think it really measures that.

How so?

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I got some last minute stubhub tix 18 bucks each, so I'll be there, if anyone is going let me know and we can try and meet up 🙂

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1 hour ago, Broken Ankles said:

He had to manage 10 D-men for 6 spots for most of the year.   Injuries to Dahlin, Bogo, Scandella and Jake.    He's also been told (my assumption, no insight) to showcase certain players for trades.  And also has to keep ego's in check.    So he's kind of got some excuses.  

This may very well be true, but it's not how you build a team and win hockey games. I don't fault Krueger I fault JBot. Obviously Jokiharju was an unexpected surprise, but when it was obvious he was a starter one of the vets should have been moved out right away, and the top 2 pairings should have been set. McCabe's failure to solidify a valid top 4 spot is part of the problem I think. He's been a huge disappointment imo. 

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3 minutes ago, pi2000 said:

moist whine

Not to single this post out, but I’m almost entirely convinced that as these variations of must win began to increase in frequency the team started losing more. Or maybe I just think it’s silly and get annoyed when I see them. 

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Do we ever need a trade for a top 6 F...anyways, hopefully we can pull this out to keep our slim hopes alive! 

Would be sweet to go on a run. I’d kill for a heroic run to 9th right about now. 

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I'm going to try something new this game... every time Sam Reinhart falls down or turns the puck over, I'm going to do a shot of whiskey.

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2 minutes ago, pi2000 said:

I'm going to try something new this game... every time Sam Reinhart falls down or turns the puck over, I'm going to do a shot of whiskey.

I'll call the paramedics now.

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