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GDT: 1/14/21 7pm ET Washington at Buffalo, MSG, ESPN+, WGR


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Just now, Pimlach said:

Really?   It way to early.   This group has not played together in a long time.  I understand the frustration but 1 game and your giving up?   

it really is....I'll watch. I just won't be emotionally invested. Raising the old BP is not worth it for an organization that hasn't made the playoffs in decade.

Its where I was with the Bills during the drought. I'd watch but didn't get excited until they REALLY showed me they were turning around, which was toward the end of last season for the Bills. So for the Sabres to get to that point it will be when?

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4 minutes ago, Thorny said:

Staal must be ok. No?

Generally a coach will play up the long term severity to get a suspension, if he thinks the guy is hurt

Yeah but he’s not coaching tonight, he’s waiting for tomorrow, remember? 

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Just now, Thorny said:

I want to be an alcoholic tonight and tomorrow I'll start being sober. 

Until game time

Slow down. Bills are Saturday so pace yourself. 

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2 minutes ago, I-90 W said:

Yeah but he’s not coaching tonight, he’s waiting for tomorrow, remember? 

I've been burned by this twice already, I think I'm leading right now. 

2 minutes ago, LGR4GM said:

Slow down. Bills are Saturday so pace yourself. 

I used to be indifferent to the bills, 

I like them now cause they make you guys happy. 

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7 minutes ago, Pimlach said:

Really?   It way to early.   This group has not played together in a long time.  I understand the frustration but 1 game and your giving up?   

And another point to add to my lack of interest....

If you can't get ready to play with some enthusiasm after not playing for 310 days, What the hell are you going to do to get it back by tomorrow?

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Pretty close game. We looked like shite and were still an empty net goal from a one goal game. 

Staal's giveaway.… just,… ugh.

We need to split tomorrow.

The Sabres aren't terrible.

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2 minutes ago, SwampD said:

Pretty close game. We looked like shite and were still an empty net goal from a one goal game. 

Staal's giveaway.… just,… ugh.

We need to split tomorrow.

The Sabres aren't terrible.

If they had a good coach and some goaltending they might even be good.

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Rasmus Dahlin with the 25 minutes to lead the team like we always wanted. You remember that thing about Ralph wanting the team to play with pace? Ras must have read that memo in a mirror. Very disappointing.

Tonight, Risto and Montour looked like the guys the haters see.

Im surprised by the McCabe hate in the thread. Gordie Howe hattie, relatively competent play and one of the few guys pushing.

Miller was pretty good, Joki not so much.

Hutton was Hutton

Skinner played well, I thought - he created just as much as normally does despite his linemates and finished 7th in ice time. Deserved more. It looks like the theory of him driving offence from the third line is sound. Give him Cozens when KO comes back and we might have something.

That is if we don’t need him to save the second line. Reinhart was uneven, and Olofsson was mostly invisible, but Staal was downright awful. The whole line was slow and disrespectful of their competition. They played like they were still scrimmaging.

Jack and Hall are going to be magic once they get their legs and timing but they were hit and miss. Thompson is so much better than he was two years ago. Not sure if Ralph sticks with him there, but it might work.

Initial impressions of Reider Eakin and Cozens was generally positive. I think they have more pace to give.

Sabres were not ready. They were out of sync, and they didn’t have their legs under them. The only reason it was close was because the same was true for the Caps. Pretty much all the relevant stats for the game were surprisingly equal. Buffalo can and will be better. They are going to need to be a lot better.

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Just now, GASabresIUFAN said:

If they had a good coach and some goaltending they might even be good.

You keep saying this, but what would you change if you were that good coach.

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I'm worried about the fact that Dahlin's metrics were excellent under Housley and not so good under Krueger

Same for the eye test, though Dahlin improved last year as the season went on. 

But I do know Dahlin has the stronger hockey background. 

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1 minute ago, Thorny said:

I'm about the fact that Dahlin's metrics were excellent under Housley and not so good under Krueger

I thought Dahlin was completely uninspired tonight. He was not special in any way.

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Just now, SwampD said:

I thought Dahlin was completely uninspired tonight. He was not special in any way.

He didn't have a very good game. 

To be fair, most did not. 

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3 minutes ago, SwampD said:

You keep saying this, but what would you change if you were that good coach.

Easy

Eakin would be my checking line center with KO and Reider

Skinner would be on a 3rd scoring line with Mitts and Cozens

I’d actually coach, including using a two man forecheck and keep my forwards going to the net.

Hutton would have been waived during the off-season and I’d have acquired someone else to the backup. At this point, a trade may be necessary.

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Just now, GASabresIUFAN said:

Easy

Eakin would be my checking line center with KO and Reider

Skinner would be on a 3rd scoring line with Mitts and Cozens

I’d actually coach, including using a two man forecheck and keep my forwards going to the net.

Hutton would have been waived during the off-season and I’d have acquired someone else to the backup. At this point, a trade may be necessary.

YES!!!!!

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