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Well game #2 in a back to back, this time against the appropriately named Devils, who have been nothing short of catastrophic for the Sabres. Bright spots in last night's game were the play of Dahlin, Casey M. played like a legitimate NHL player, Reinhart continued his goal scoring streak, Hall looked like the guy we wanted and Cozens looks we finally hit on a draft pick. Besides that the team is on the fast track of here l go again

  • Things You Should Know
  • This is the fourth of eight meetings between the Sabres and Devils this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated New Jersey 3-2 in New on Feb. 20
  • Next meeting: Thursday, Feb. 25 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 6-4-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Devils; 3-5-2 on the road.
  • This is the 163rd game all-time between Buffalo and New Jersey; Buffalo has an 80-56-26 series record.
  • The Sabres are 36-28-15 on the road against the Devils all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

The Sabres are 15-6-0 all-time on February 23.

  • February 23, 2011: The Sabres defeat the Atlanta Thrashers 4-1 in the team’s first game under the ownership of the Pegulas, a day after Terry and Kim Pegula announced their purchase of the team. All three members of the French Connection surprise Terry on the ice in a pre-game ceremony.
  • February 23, 2019: Sam Reinhart records his third career hat trick as the Sabres top the Washington Capitals by a score of 5-2

 

  • THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW Part 2
  • The Sabres are 4-1-0 in their last five games against the Devils, outscoring New Jersey 24-13 in those contests. It’s the first time the Sabres have won at least four out of five games against the Devils since Buffalo won six straight matchups from Feb. 21, 2000 to Feb. 22, 2001.
  • The home team had won six straight games between these teams before each team won on the road in the two most recent games in the series. With a win tonight, the Sabres would have wins in consecutive visits to New Jersey for the first time since Oct. 23 and Nov. 10, 2010.
  • The Sabres’ special teams are plus-7 this season, with 16 goals for and nine goals against. Following last night’s game, they were tied for the third-best differential in the league.

 

LETS GO BUFFALO

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Here we go again.

Per HCRK Eichel isn't hurt. Well, then there's no excuses for not skating full speed when backchecking or using elite speed/burst to win a race to a puck deep in our end where Eichel has the step and angle on the opponent, and then just coasting instead, leading to an opposition possession, rather than getting to the puck and passing to the D-man along the backboards. If Eichel's confidence is down because he can't stickhandle or shoot right now, fine, but at least play 200 feet and use the elite speed to make a difference pressuring the other team (see Barzal last game). The assists on the PP will still be there.

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Depression. That's my guess.  It's 2020 all over again.  Lockdowns remain.  NHL players are living in small bubbles.  The Sabres totally suck once again.   At the risk of getting banned/fired, bubble players probably aren't having lots of dates.  Jack might have family affected and locked down, etc.   Since the Sabres problems are mostly mental, HIPAA and league rules probably put a straight-jacket on what Kruger can say.   Angry but careless dispassionate play speak depression.  And it doesn't have to be a deep depression to affect things.

 

On a related note, Skinner said that it's normal for people from all walks of life to suffer from dry stretches.  He's living in an alternate universe.   People without $9mill/year *guaranteed* contracts are fired after just a few weeks of a bad stretch, sometimes just a few hours, NOT YEARS LIKE SKINNER HAS.   If your job is to wait tables and you piss off a table...or your job is to put widgets into boxes and you totally fail to meet your quota, see ya later baby.   The NHL needs to get rid of guaranteed contracts just like the NFL has.  Buffalo deserves better.

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7 minutes ago, etiennep99 said:

Depression. That's my guess.  It's 2020 all over again.  Lockdowns remain.  NHL players are living in small bubbles.  The Sabres totally suck once again.   At the risk of getting banned/fired, bubble players probably aren't having lots of dates.  Jack might have family affected and locked down, etc.   Since the Sabres problems are mostly mental, HIPAA and league rules probably put a straight-jacket on what Kruger can say.   Angry but careless dispassionate play speak depression.  And it doesn't have to be a deep depression to affect things.

 

On a related note, Skinner said that it's normal for people from all walks of life to suffer from dry stretches.  He's living in an alternate universe.   People without $9mill/year *guaranteed* contracts are fired after just a few weeks of a bad stretch, sometimes just a few hours, NOT YEARS LIKE SKINNER HAS.   If your job is to wait tables and you piss off a table...or your job is to put widgets into boxes and you totally fail to meet your quota, see ya later baby.   The NHL needs to get rid of guarantee contracts just like the NFL has.  Buffalo deserves better.

The players will strike if they try to get rid of guaranteed contracts. 

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Was there really that many bright spots in last nights game? We lost a game where we had the lead and was tied up until a couple minutes left in the game. I’m way beyond the “yeah we lost but Mittlestadt looked pretty good”. I’m done giving these guys passes. Win some ***** games 

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I think we can win

 

Granted the hockey gods may injure more players or something.

 

So far this season we came in rusty, started hitting a stride and immediately was hit by COVID thanks to the NHL being incompetent. 

From there we have lost our best Dman this year indefinitely due to the illness, lost our best defensive dman for the year, lost what seemed to be our next best defensive oriented player for 1 to 2 months and have gone from seeing our Top 6 as potentially elite to being a bunch of overpaid idiots who are either dogging it or plain bad.

Its all very depressing. 

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4 hours ago, etiennep99 said:

Depression. That's my guess.  It's 2020 all over again.  Lockdowns remain.  NHL players are living in small bubbles.  The Sabres totally suck once again.   At the risk of getting banned/fired, bubble players probably aren't having lots of dates.  Jack might have family affected and locked down, etc.   Since the Sabres problems are mostly mental, HIPAA and league rules probably put a straight-jacket on what Kruger can say.   Angry but careless dispassionate play speak depression.  And it doesn't have to be a deep depression to affect things.

 

On a related note, Skinner said that it's normal for people from all walks of life to suffer from dry stretches.  He's living in an alternate universe.   People without $9mill/year *guaranteed* contracts are fired after just a few weeks of a bad stretch, sometimes just a few hours, NOT YEARS LIKE SKINNER HAS.   If your job is to wait tables and you piss off a table...or your job is to put widgets into boxes and you totally fail to meet your quota, see ya later baby.   The NHL needs to get rid of guaranteed contracts just like the NFL has.  Buffalo deserves better.

Being a bit down and going through a tough time period does not equate to clinical depression.


The two are nothing alike whatsoever.

If Jack was clinically depressed right now, he would probably not be able to play.

I think he is physically injured in some nagging way, Ralph knows that, but chose to answer Paul Hamilton's question last night as he did.

Why he did that is the confusing part.  It functions to throw Eichel under a bus, not shield him.

 

 

 

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27 minutes ago, Kruppstahl said:

Being a bit down and going through a tough time period does not equate to clinical depression.


The two are nothing alike whatsoever.

If Jack was clinically depressed right now, he would probably not be able to play.

I think he is physically injured in some nagging way, Ralph knows that, but chose to answer Paul Hamilton's question last night as he did.

Why he did that is the confusing part.  It functions to throw Eichel under a bus, not shield him.

 

 

 

The bolded is pure speculation. Maybe Ralph was answering in earnest. Do you have any shred of evidence that Jack Eichel is currently suffering from a physical injury?

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59 minutes ago, Kruppstahl said:

Being a bit down and going through a tough time period does not equate to clinical depression.
The two are nothing alike whatsoever.

If Jack was clinically depressed right now, he would probably not be able to play.

I think he is physically injured in some nagging way, Ralph knows that, but chose to answer Paul Hamilton's question last night as he did.

Why he did that is the confusing part.  It functions to throw Eichel under a bus, not shield him.

Well I'm clinical depressed buying Center Ice this season.

It's been 6 seasons that Jack is in the league without a playoff game.  I don't think he is injured (IMO) just tired of watching his career 

slip away.  I can't believe I'm saying this but if he wants out then do it.  Same with Sam, then buyout Okposo.

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