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#1 d4rksabre

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 12:00 AM

It's my birthday and I'll cry if I want to.

Rolston has finally had a chance to practice with and evaluate his team. We all know the Islanders can outskate Buffalo, so the biggest key to this game will be attacking the NY puck carrier and watching your teammates back. I expect the first line to contribute heavily.

Time for Ron's first win.

LET'S GO BUFFALO!

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 12:34 AM

Happy birthday.  Hoping for a exciting win for you and the Sabres.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 12:39 AM

View Postd4rksabre, on 23 February 2013 - 12:00 AM, said:

It's my birthday and I'll cry if I want to.

Rolston has finally had a chance to practice with and evaluate his team. We all know the Islanders can outskate Buffalo, so the biggest key to this game will be attacking the NY puck carrier and watching your teammates back. I expect the first line to contribute heavily.

Time for Ron's first win.

LET'S GO BUFFALO!

Happy Birthday, hopefully you will have a win to celebrate.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 12:55 AM

Happy Birthday d4rksabre. Lets hope the boys win. As always GO SABRES !

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 02:52 AM

Happy b day

After the Isles.... We'll be all smiles

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 03:00 AM

i predict more of the same from this team with a dash of mayhem as players like Ott, kaleta, and stafford (yes i said stafford) go apeshit on some players

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 05:32 AM

View Postd4rksabre, on 23 February 2013 - 12:00 AM, said:

It's my birthday and I'll cry if I want to.

Rolston has finally had a chance to practice with and evaluate his team. We all know the Islanders can outskate Buffalo, so the biggest key to this game will be attacking the NY puck carrier and watching your teammates back. I expect the first line to contribute heavily.

Time for Ron's first win.

LET'S GO BUFFALO!

Happy Birthday.

From what I saw in the Leafs game, I think we'll see a lot more aggressiveness in the defensive zone, most of the time they were attacking the players at the point, instead of just letting them wind up and shoot, sure there may be times when this bites them in the ass, but I think it's better than allowing all those uncontested shots from the point.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 06:15 AM

I really like Rolston and wish him luck. I just want a win baby. GO SABRES!!!!!!

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 07:16 AM

Oh it's today. Happy Birthday.

I just want to be entertained. win or lose, it doesn't even matter at this point.

Just

Entertain

Me

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 08:39 AM

Did I hear right that Enroth is in goal tonight?

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 08:45 AM

Going tonight, let's at least see progress. We all know the state of the team and the booing should be put to rest. This team has many issues and it's time to start backing. This IS the team for now so let's get behind them.....

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 10:10 AM

Happy B-day D4, I hope the Sabres can add to the celebration with a win.

View PostCallawaySabres, on 23 February 2013 - 08:45 AM, said:

Going tonight, let's at least see progress. We all know the state of the team and the booing should be put to rest. This team has many issues and it's time to start backing. This IS the team for now so let's get behind them.....

Well said. I am willing to give the new coach a couple of weeks to work with the hand he's been dealt and see who he can get playing good hockey. I am also hoping he votes off the island those who don't respond.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 10:35 AM

is it me but I seemed to notice the Sabres were playing a little less aggressive last game. Not a major adjustment but D pinching less and keeping two forwards high in the O zone more often.  

Anyone else notice this?  I guess we will see if this continues tonight on the Island.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 10:38 AM

View Postd4rksabre, on 23 February 2013 - 12:00 AM, said:

It's my birthday and I'll cry if I want to.

Rolston has finally had a chance to practice with and evaluate his team. We all know the Islanders can outskate Buffalo, so the biggest key to this game will be attacking the NY puck carrier and watching your teammates back. I expect the first line to contribute heavily.

Time for Ron's first win.

LET'S GO BUFFALO!

Happy birthday! Even if the team still stinks tonight, one thing I'll continue to look for is player usage. The ice time numbers looked better to me against the Leafs, and hopefully that continues with some additional zone start specialization sprinkled in. It's hard to specialize a ton without a legit checking line though.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 10:44 AM

View PostPatty16, on 23 February 2013 - 10:35 AM, said:

is it me but I seemed to notice the Sabres were playing a little less aggressive last game. Not a major adjustment but D pinching less and keeping two forwards high in the O zone more often.  

Anyone else notice this?  I guess we will see if this continues tonight on the Island.

Yeah.  Rolston doesn't pinch D too often.

The other observation was a new entry on the power play.  Vanek comes off the wall, takes the pass from the D man (or Pominville) passes to the man just inside the blue line.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 10:49 AM

Sabres are 5 points out. They have 30 games left. I still have hope...

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 10:53 AM

Shakira's in.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:06 AM

Happy Birthday little buddy. Hope your candle gets blown out, or something. I did get you something.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:13 AM

View Postthanes16, on 23 February 2013 - 10:49 AM, said:

Sabres are 5 points out. They have 30 games left. I still have hope...

5-9 depending on games in hand. 9 points out with 30 games to go would be a task

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:15 AM

View PostSpndnchz, on 23 February 2013 - 10:53 AM, said:

Shakira's in.
They should just dress him as the 7th D but put him on the 4th line.  He has a better shot and puck handling skills than anyone currently on that line.

#21 d4rksabre

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:23 AM

Thanks for the birthday wishes comrades!

I wonder what the Sabres all time record is for February 23rd games?

View PostPASabreFan, on 23 February 2013 - 11:06 AM, said:

Happy Birthday little buddy. Hope your candle gets blown out, or something. I did get you something.

:wub:

:unsure:

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:30 AM

Scott out.

Grigorenko in.

Getting Griggy wit it


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Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:32 AM

View Postd4rksabre, on 23 February 2013 - 11:23 AM, said:

Thanks for the birthday wishes comrades!

I wonder what the Sabres all time record is for February 23rd games?



:wub:

:unsure:

13-5-0

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:35 AM

View PostThirtyEight, on 23 February 2013 - 11:32 AM, said:



13-5-0

Now those are some good odds!

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:39 AM

Ville Leino did some skating.  Gotta try to impress the new coach.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:41 AM

View PostThirtyEight, on 23 February 2013 - 11:13 AM, said:

5-9 depending on games in hand. 9 points out with 30 games to go would be a task

Yeah, I'm trying to not think about the games other teams have in hand over the Sabres. I'm just focusing on what the Sabres do. So get a W tonight Buffalo!

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:42 AM

View Postnobody, on 23 February 2013 - 11:39 AM, said:

Ville Leino did some skating.  Gotta try to impress the new coach.
He needs to get healthy so that we won't have any problem buying him out this summer.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:44 AM

View Postnobody, on 23 February 2013 - 11:39 AM, said:

Ville Leino did some skating.  Gotta try to impress the new coach.

Glad to hear that.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:47 AM

View PostRobviously, on 23 February 2013 - 11:42 AM, said:

He needs to get healthy so that we won't have any problem buying him out this summer.

I think he gets another season to prove himself. Less than 30 games after being (clearly) seriously injured isn't enough to come to a conclusion. We can use the buyout in 2014 summer if we want

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 12:01 PM

View PostSpndnchz, on 23 February 2013 - 10:53 AM, said:

Shakira's in.
So does that mean Brennan will sit? GLad hes back.


Its the Islanders but we are at home and the coach has a had a couple of days.  SHould be interesting to say the least.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 12:27 PM

Happy bday d4rk. Hope you have a great one.

I'm still in mourning but hopefully the boys are ready to turn over a new leaf.

Let's see if Rolston is the underachiever whisperer.

Go Sabres.


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Posted 23 February 2013 - 12:28 PM

View PostThirtyEight, on 23 February 2013 - 11:47 AM, said:

I think he gets another season to prove himself. Less than 30 games after being (clearly) seriously injured isn't enough to come to a conclusion. We can use the buyout in 2014 summer if we want

I think it really depends on if we need that cap space to do something else. Also if Regier is gone, I think Leino's exit becomes much more likely.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 12:39 PM

View Postnfreeman, on 23 February 2013 - 12:27 PM, said:

Happy bday d4rk. Hope you have a great one.

I'm still in mourning but hopefully the boys are ready to turn over a new leaf.

Let's see if Rolston is the underachiever whisperer.

Go Sabres.

That right there is very funny and I really hope you are right.

Somehow, I don't think he is though and that doesn't reflect poorly on him.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 12:59 PM

Aside from bringing in Grigs, I wonder if Rolston is going to do a serious line shake up. Keep the first line as is, but I'd like to see Grigs on the second line and drop Ennis to the third line. Other than the possibility of not winning tonight, what could the Sabres lose?

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 01:03 PM

View Postthanes16, on 23 February 2013 - 12:59 PM, said:

Aside from bringing in Grigs, I wonder if Rolston is going to do a serious line shake up. Keep the first line as is, but I'd like to see Grigs on the second line and drop Ennis to the third line. Other than the possibility of not winning tonight, what could the Sabres lose?

I'm sort of with you here, though I'd like to see Ennis moved back to wing on that line and Stafford bumped down to play with Hecht and Ott. I also think Kaleta/Porter/Gerbe could be an effective 4th line.

But I'm a dreamer.

Edited by billsrcursed, 23 February 2013 - 01:03 PM.


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Posted 23 February 2013 - 01:24 PM

View Postcmjoyce113, on 23 February 2013 - 08:39 AM, said:

Did I hear right that Enroth is in goal tonight?

Can anyone confirm or deny this?

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 01:32 PM

View Postd4rksabre, on 23 February 2013 - 11:35 AM, said:

Now those are some good odds!
Yeah but they had a five-game winning streak on the day you were born and lost the next day. Nice job you little shitter.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 01:41 PM

I'm expecting a redux of the last Isles game.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 01:42 PM

View Postwjag, on 23 February 2013 - 01:41 PM, said:

I'm expecting a redux of the last Isles game.
We get outplayed for 60 minutes but still win somehow?

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 01:44 PM

View PostRobviously, on 23 February 2013 - 01:42 PM, said:

We get outplayed for 60 minutes but still win somehow?

Yeah that except the outcome. I don't think you can win like that twice.