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GDT:Sabres at Pittsburgh 2/22/20 1PM MSG, WGR

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4 minutes ago, ... said:

So, if they could keep playing well, is there still a chance they could contend for the last wildcard slot?

The wildcard slots aren't an option, but catching Toronto is. 

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6 minutes ago, ... said:

So, if they could keep playing well, is there still a chance they could contend for the last wildcard slot?

No. This club has done this all season and the Sabrespacers get pumped after a game like this, only to watch them lay a giant egg against an opponent they should beat. I totally expect this pattern to continue as they have not given me a reason to expect otherwise. They are done for this season as the teams above them would need to collapse completely for Buffalo to crawl back in. I don't believe it will happen. I do hope the Sabres build on their decent play and finish strongly but I can see another let down or "reality check" coming shortly.

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21 minutes ago, Scottysabres said:

Nicely Done Boys!!!

Enjoyed the win, get some rest, and be prepared to Saddle Up, 1500 tomorrow!

 

Yeah I'll be on a Jet Blue flight to Orlando the whole time. 

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10 minutes ago, darksabre said:

The wildcard slots aren't an option, but catching Toronto is. 

You're saying the season is over already?

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The Sabres are currently pacing at an 86-point season, which is about 10 points short of a typical 8th seed EC playoff team, but would also mark the best season for this franchise since 2011-12. We are a Hutton upgrade and a couple second-line forwards away from being an obvious playoff team. As much as I dislike our GM, I think we need to stay the course....???

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45 minutes ago, ... said:

So, if they could keep playing well, is there still a chance they could contend for the last wildcard slot?

No but they might catch Toronto for 3rd in the division.

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Loved, LOVED the way the Sabs pissed off the Pens in this one.

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42 minutes ago, Doohickie said:

No but they might catch Toronto for 3rd in the division.

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4 minutes ago, Billssabres33 said:

Boston?  Philly?

There is no one worse than Jack Edwards.

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Looks like I missed a good game.  I flew to Miami.  Going on a Virgin Island cruise tomorrow.  
 

I did watch the extended highlights on nhl.tv.  The top players all had points today.  Nice.  
 

Eichel’s two goals were sick, dead accurate snipes.  

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Pittsburgh is dirty with a bunch of cheap shot artists.

 

Other than Risto, who everyone wants to trade, no one on the Sabres is like that. Wish we had more of that.

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6 minutes ago, Ross Rhea said:

Pittsburgh is dirty with a bunch of cheap shot artists.

 

Other than Risto, who everyone wants to trade, no one on the Sabres is like that. Wish we had more of that.

Angry Larry

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1 hour ago, Marchand'sNose said:

The Sabres are currently pacing at an 86-point season, which is about 10 points short of a typical 8th seed EC playoff team, but would also mark the best season for this franchise since 2011-12. We are a Hutton upgrade and a couple second-line forwards away from being an obvious playoff team. As much as I dislike our GM, I think we need to stay the course....???

I don't think there is much chance  our GM  is not here next year.

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58 minutes ago, Radar said:

I don't think there is much chance  our GM  is not here next year.

And one Jack Eichel injury from being a top lottery pick contender.

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2 hours ago, Marchand'sNose said:

The Sabres are currently pacing at an 86-point season, which is about 10 points short of a typical 8th seed EC playoff team, but would also mark the best season for this franchise since 2011-12. We are a Hutton upgrade and a couple second-line forwards away from being an obvious playoff team. As much as I dislike our GM, I think we need to stay the course....???

I think a goalie upgrade gets us 10 more points. 

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3 hours ago, Marchand'sNose said:

The Sabres are currently pacing at an 86-point season, which is about 10 points short of a typical 8th seed EC playoff team, but would also mark the best season for this franchise since 2011-12. We are a Hutton upgrade and a couple second-line forwards away from being an obvious playoff team. As much as I dislike our GM, I think we need to stay the course....???

Yes.  But it’s not simply “a couple second line forwards”.   We need a real legitimate 2C that can take pressure off of the first line. We need a few wingers that will work over the other teams defense and pound away.  

Getting that 2C will likely create a hole somewhere else.   

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4 hours ago, Marchand'sNose said:

The Sabres are currently pacing at an 86-point season, which is about 10 points short of a typical 8th seed EC playoff team, but would also mark the best season for this franchise since 2011-12. We are a Hutton upgrade and a couple second-line forwards away from being an obvious playoff team. As much as I dislike our GM, I think we need to stay the course....???

It is an improvement over last year.

The sad thing is, it would be their best season since 2011-2012 when they had 89 points (They still have a chance of beating that season)

How long go was that?  That team featured.......Tyler Ennis was only 21 years old...So was Luke Adam who scored 10 goals in just over half a season...Jordan Leopold and Robyn Regehr lead the D-unit in games played.  I really hope this team with Eichel having his great year can top that team and get 90 points.

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Johansson was excellent tonight. Especially in the first. 
Vesey made  a defensive play that I’m still thinking about.
Great to see Skinner score.
Dahlin was great. And scary.

Letang,... that’s French for the tang.

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1 minute ago, SwampD said:

Johansson was excellent tonight. Especially in the first. 
Vesey made  a defensive play that I’m still thinking about.
Great to see Skinner score.
Dahlin was great. And scary.

Letang,... that’s French for the tang.

Poontang ?

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2 hours ago, SDS said:

I think a goalie upgrade gets us 10 more points. 

Totally agree.  I wish we could have been in on the Ben Bishop acquisition and I think our guys would have had a much better shot at developing/competing. 

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54 minutes ago, SwampD said:

Johansson was excellent tonight. Especially in the first. 
Vesey made  a defensive play that I’m still thinking about.
Great to see Skinner score.
Dahlin was great. And scary.

Dahlin made a couple of big mistakes today and then completely covered them up.  Maybe he's..... learning?

As for the others, I will say that aside from Sobs and Frolik, the players JBot has brought in have provided yeoman-like service.  Not stars, but at least JAG level.  Knowing we were still in cap hell I think JBot did the best he could without overspending either in assets or in $.

I'm even willing to give him a pass on Frolik because he was brought in when we were short several forwards, and he has been good for the PK.  I can see Vesey and Lazar on the club next year, especially if Angry Larry and Girgs are gone.  I just hope that every roster spot that turns over this off-season is replaced by an upgrade.

5 hours ago, ... said:

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Not getting the connection between the picture and my post.

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