Taro T Posted November 29, 2022 Report Share Posted November 29, 2022 The good: 3 of the 4 lines were working tonight. And Granato realized the other line wasn't working & limited their ice time. (Apparently 1 shift not enough.) For the 2nd game in a row the Cozens line was deployed as a true 2 and this time they flat out dominated. They gave up almost no scoring chances typically going against Stamkos & could've had 4 goals easily rather than just 2. They looked like a true #2 tonight. Cozens burying a rocket. He gets chances, and it isn't all that important that he become a finisher as both his linemates are finishers, but IF he can start converting even 1/3 of the chances he gets, the Sabres are about to have 2 #1 lines after a decade + that never had one unless Eichel was on the lineup. Dahlin & Samuelsson just keep getting better & better together. Whatever analytics guru saw something in Jost deserves a bonus. He's got that "4th line" humming & they were deployed as the clear 3rd line because of it. Granato seemed to be (except for the late Stamkos goal) matching lines. Are we FINALLY out of "development" & into "let's act like other NHL teams" by matching lines & unbalancing the forwards ice time when they don't deserve to get balanced ice time. The bad: The Mitts line was not good. Believe their 1st goal against was on Power taking the wrong man, but he' a rookie & it seemed Olofsson had time to recognize it but did so too late. Granato has the other 3 lines rolling. Will be interesting seeing how he gets this one there too as Mitts & Olofsson seem to have absolutely no chemistry though they have in the past. Power, even w/ the assist, did not bring his A game. Fully expect he'll bounce back in Detroit. And still nearly won it had the puck settled down for him. UPL. He needs to get his movement under control better & take away the bottom of the net. The ugly: The shot Lyubushkin took off his ankle/foot. Fear that's broken. The PK. They'd been pressuring the past couple of games and looking good. This one they gave way too much space. Don't envy Detroit. They're in for a ticked off team. 2 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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