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#1 wjag

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 05:04 AM

Remember when the southern swing meant at least 3 points?  Tampa is swooning too, so you never know.  Right?

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 06:22 AM

Stamkos, Lecavalier, and St. Louis are probably pretty hungry. Are the Sabres the feast that they've been waiting for?  I hope not, but prevailing winds say yes.  Here's to the winds of change.

Let's Go Buffalo!!!

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 06:47 AM

Rolston said it might take 5 games to start getting things turned around, hopefully we see some signs of this happening tonight. In no way do I expect to see some huge difference in this team so soon, but I'd settle for any signs of progress right about now. Scoring 4 goals or more would be nice to see against a goalie that is struggling. Tampa is not much better than Buffalo in goals allowed per game, but they lead the league in goals for overall.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 07:29 AM

I think it's time for Enroth or Leggio. Honestly, I would just like to see them solidify the back-up goalie situation and get as many call-ups here as possible by end of year. We all (players and fans) know this season is lost so 2013/2014 begins now. Hopefully Stafford and Pommers go on a tear so we can get some nice assets by deadline. Miller and Vanek are probably in the future plans to hold the young-ins together next year.

Progress needs to start today because it won't take much to turn this around next year (top 5 pick, a nice trade and a great FA pick-up by new GM). It won't be a bad place at all for the new coach they pick in the Summer.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 08:10 AM

Ya, I also think it's time to get Enroth back in the net.  I'm almost at the point where I hope we really start tanking for a top 3 draft pick but I hope we atleast show some life out there.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 08:38 AM

Let's hope that tonight's the night we finally see Foligno-Grigs-Ennis rolled out

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 08:49 AM

View PostWildCard, on 26 February 2013 - 08:38 AM, said:

Let's hope that tonight's the night we finally see Foligno-Grigs-Ennis rolled out

i want to see grigo get more than 6-8mins and definitely paired in the top 6. I know RR is talking about earning your ice time etc but we dont have any other potential offensive weapons that arent already in the top 6 besides grigo. so try him out and see if we can get some offense going!


love the avatar btw

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 09:45 AM

View PostDerrico, on 26 February 2013 - 08:10 AM, said:

Ya, I also think it's time to get Enroth back in the net.  I'm almost at the point where I hope we really start tanking for a top 3 draft pick but I hope we atleast show some life out there.

Start tanking?

At last check the Sabres are 1 point back (ahead?) of Columbus for last in the league.

It's like deja va all over again ..........

Edited by Sabres Fan In NS, 26 February 2013 - 09:45 AM.


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Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:00 AM

29 games to go. I get the feeling we still haven't seen rock bottom. :blink: Lets hope they turn a corner. Baby steps. Rah rah rah.
as always, GO SABRES !

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:42 AM

I think a major issue during this spiral is that the whole team is very self-aware of what everyone thinks. The booing, the blogs, the news articles, all of it. So they try to come into these games flying and they rush their play, try to do too much, make mental errors and the frustration mounts on the ice and in the stands. It's a vicious cycle. I think this road trip will do wonders for their psyche.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:53 AM

I've got something else to do tonight.  Maybe watch the DVR later.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:56 AM

View Postwjag, on 26 February 2013 - 05:04 AM, said:

Remember when the southern swing meant at least 3 points?  Tampa is swooning too, so you never know.  Right?

Do you mean 3 points out of 5 games?  That's all I can remember now.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:57 AM

View PostRonHextallsShoulderPads, on 26 February 2013 - 10:42 AM, said:

I think a major issue during this spiral is that the whole team is very self-aware of what everyone thinks. The booing, the blogs, the news articles, all of it. So they try to come into these games flying and they rush their play, try to do too much, make mental errors and the frustration mounts on the ice and in the stands. It's a vicious cycle. I think this road trip will do wonders for their psyche.

I listened to Rolston on WGR this morning and he sounds like a no-nonsense kind of a guy who has put his finger on the exact issues plaguing this team.  He also laid out some back-to-basics steps to get the team playing better.  As long as the players have not mentally checked out for the remainder of the season, I think he might be able to turn things around.  We still might miss the playoffs, but maybe watching the team play won't feel like eating broken glass anymore.
I think that the next few weeks will be the acid test for a number of players.  The malingerers will see a lot of the press box and the guys who do have some heart and pride will pcik up their play.  In large part, the rest of the season is going to be like a very long training camp.  Those who show up to play will stay; those that don't will be seeing Rochester/Columbus/Winnepeg soon.  (OK, maybe not ALL of them).  It hasn't shown on the ice yet, but I'm feeling a little better about the Sabres than I did two weeks ago.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:00 AM

View Postsabres4life19, on 26 February 2013 - 08:49 AM, said:

love the avatar btw

Thanks :lol:. I wish i could have the full quote but Im pretty sure that can't happen

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:03 AM

Is this a must win?

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:12 AM

View Post26CornerBlitz, on 26 February 2013 - 06:22 AM, said:

Stamkos, Lecavalier, and St. Louis are probably pretty hungry. Are the Sabres the feast that they've been waiting for?  I hope not, but prevailing winds say yes.  Here's to the winds of change.

Let's Go Buffalo!!!

Seems like everyone gets well against us, doesn't it?

I'll be pleasantly surprised if they don't.

GO SABRES!!!

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:14 AM

Garon the starter for the bolts.

I'm DYING to see our offense explode in some way.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:17 AM

View Postnucci, on 26 February 2013 - 11:03 AM, said:

Is this a must win?

Yes, if only to hold my interest.  :flirt:

Any word on lineups, line combos, etc.?

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:19 AM

Oh no! The offense exploded! All of our scoring died!


Might just play video games with my brother instead of watching the Sabres.



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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:20 AM

View PostDoohickie, on 26 February 2013 - 11:17 AM, said:

Yes, if only to hold my interest.  :flirt:

Any word on lineups, line combos, etc.?
Obviously winning is most important but I just want to see players who give a damn.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:23 AM

View Postqwksndmonster, on 26 February 2013 - 11:19 AM, said:




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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:24 AM

View PostDoohickie, on 26 February 2013 - 11:17 AM, said:

Yes, if only to hold my interest.  :flirt:

Any word on lineups, line combos, etc.?
I can guess.

Line 1 - Vanek - Hodgson - Pommers
Line 2 - line that will get hemmed in their own end, dump the puck and change
Line 3 - line that will get hemmed in their own end, dump the puck and change
Line 4 - line that will get hemmed in their own end, dump the puck, start a fight and change

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:26 AM

Win, lose, or get blown out...we get to see Stamkos play!  At least for me that eases the pain substantially.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:32 AM

I think if nabakov hadnt stood on his head it would have been a much different game. if we can bring some intensity and offensive pressure we could be ok, Tampa has struggled as of late too

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:43 AM

Lecavalier seems to destroy us in the points category. Not sure of the stats but I just remember him celebrating a lot against us. A la alfredsson

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:43 AM

View PostRonHextallsShoulderPads, on 26 February 2013 - 10:42 AM, said:

I think a major issue during this spiral is that the whole team is very self-aware of what everyone thinks. The booing, the blogs, the news articles, all of it. So they try to come into these games flying and they rush their play, try to do too much, make mental errors and the frustration mounts on the ice and in the stands. It's a vicious cycle. I think this road trip will do wonders for their psyche.
I must have missed those games when the Sabres came out flying.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:47 AM

View PostWildCard, on 26 February 2013 - 11:00 AM, said:

Thanks :lol:. I wish i could have the full quote but Im pretty sure that can't happen

Am I right in presuming it is a Its always sunny in philly reference?

EDIT: Read above and qwk got there first

Edited by ThirtyEight, 26 February 2013 - 11:48 AM.


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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:57 AM

I'll be watching tonight... it's kind of like a bad car wreck... you know you shouldn't look, but...

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:15 PM

Brennan and Scott are the healthy scratches.
Leino, Leopold, Sulzer all out.

so same guys as last game minus pardy in for sulzer

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:44 PM

I comfortable with either Sulzer or Pardy.

Edited by Doohickie, 26 February 2013 - 12:52 PM.


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Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:03 PM

I am just upset that we wasted so much time hiring a new coach. To think all it took was two games and he has figured out our problems and it should take 5 games to turn it around.

Pretty confident guy.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:07 PM

View PostDoohickie, on 26 February 2013 - 12:44 PM, said:

I comfortable with either Sulzer or Pardy.

I haven't seen Pardy play all too much (I think he was up for one game?) but I'm pleasently surprised with how sulzer has played thus far

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:18 PM

View PostWildCard, on 26 February 2013 - 01:07 PM, said:

I haven't seen Pardy play all too much (I think he was up for one game?) but I'm pleasently surprised with how sulzer has played thus far

I live in the Dallas Stars market, and he was pretty well regarded here.  He has almost 200 games of NHL experience.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:18 PM

View PostESPN Sucks, on 26 February 2013 - 11:43 AM, said:

I must have missed those games when the Sabres came out flying.

I guess when I meant came out flying it was referring to those times when they decided to put forth a shift with extra effort, skating hard and attempting to look like a hockey team. You can tell that at times they put a lot of effort forth without real results and it's frustrating them to no end. Especially when Nabakov was stoning them. I'm suggesting instead of say going balls out for 4 shifts a game, how about just have strong tempo to every shift, instead of trying to win the game with one line or a strong one-shift effort.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 02:32 PM

I'll be there LIVE

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 02:35 PM

Just win, baby. Or lose, whichever. Maybe I'll watch if I get the TV working (moving stuff about the house tonight, again).

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:02 PM

View Postelcrusho, on 26 February 2013 - 02:32 PM, said:

I'll be there LIVE

Look at that... Orlando.  I go there on business once in a great while.  If I'm there when the Sabres are playing, maybe we can meet up.  I usually stay near UCF.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:23 PM

View PostDoohickie, on 26 February 2013 - 01:18 PM, said:

I live in the Dallas Stars market, and he was pretty well regarded here.  He has almost 200 games of NHL experience.
would you happen to have your finger on the pulse of the derek roy feelings down there?

i would be surprised if the sabres won tonight. they've shown no passion at all. why would tonight be any different? not trying to sound  down ... that's just how they've played. and it's been like this for 5 years. flashes of brilliance, sandwiched between texas-style slices of utter crap and dazzle.

we'll see. hopefully they come to play tonight.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 04:24 PM

Keep an eye on Lightning rookie Corey Conacher who played at Canisius College.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 04:29 PM

View Post26CornerBlitz, on 26 February 2013 - 04:24 PM, said:

Keep an eye on Lightning rookie Corey Conacher who played at Canisius College.
Yeah his features on the NHL network, NHL.com, and several other national media outlets gushing over the kid, oh and he's averaging nearly a point a game might be enough to give notice.





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