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#1 nfreeman

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 12:03 AM

OK.  3 more and they're at "official" .500; 4 more and they're at the much more meaningful DeLuca .500.

I'm pleased to say that I'll be having a huge steak dinner on Sunday evening and then attending the game.  Wearing my Miller jersey.

My first GDT of this year, and of the Rolston era.

Go Sabres.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 12:53 AM

View Postnfreeman, on 03 March 2013 - 12:03 AM, said:

I'm pleased to say that I'll be having a huge steak dinner...
I think I'm stealing your idea.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 01:26 AM

I will probably miss the game.  That's the time I leave for my Sunday pub crawl ride.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 06:44 AM

Thank you sir, may I have another?

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 06:59 AM

Gotta listen to MSG announcers locally tonight... great...  If RJ is slipping then maybe not so bad.... could be worse, could be the Caps or the Bruins announcers.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 07:35 AM

View Postnfreeman, on 03 March 2013 - 12:03 AM, said:

OK.  3 more and they're at "official" .500; 4 more and they're at the much more meaningful DeLuca .500.

I'm pleased to say that I'll be having a huge steak dinner on Sunday evening and then attending the game.  Wearing my Miller jersey.

My first GDT of this year, and of the Rolston era.

Go Sabres.
This will be the Rangers 12th home game in what will be their 20th game of the season. That is a scheduling quirk the Sabres can take advantage of in the second half of the season. Making the playoffs seems like a daunting task at this point. If you break down all the teams that currently stand between the Sabres and a playoff spot individually, the task seems a bit less daunting. Of course it all begins and ends with the Sabres themselves. Consistent effort and taking advantage of situations as they present themselves, as they have the past three games, is a must.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 08:22 AM

I assume we'll see Enroth tonight.  I imagine he'll be equal parts rusty and eager to prove himself.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 08:23 AM

Tampa and Florida game did not do much for me.

Yesterday I thought they may have turned a corner.

Today, a win would be a MAJOR statement.

Will miss game, flew into Boston and taking clients to Habs game tonight. Should be a great game fro center ice club :)

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 08:34 AM

I think Enroth will be in and if RR's thing is defense, maybe Enroth will have a more structured play in front of him. A good test all around.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 08:58 AM

Vanek playing tonight?

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 09:14 AM

View PostNowDoYouBelieve, on 03 March 2013 - 08:22 AM, said:

I assume we'll see Enroth tonight.  I imagine he'll be equal parts rusty and eager to prove himself.

In yesterday's post game presser, Rolston sounded like he was going to ride the winning streak wave with Miller.  Hope Vanek is back tonight.

Let's go Buffalo!!!

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 09:19 AM

View Post26CornerBlitz, on 03 March 2013 - 09:14 AM, said:



In yesterday's post game presser, Rolston sounded like he was going to ride the winning streak wave with Miller.  Hope Vanek is back tonight.

Let's go Buffalo!!!

Apparently it doesn't matter who the coach is.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 09:22 AM

View Post26CornerBlitz, on 03 March 2013 - 09:14 AM, said:

In yesterday's post game presser, Rolston sounded like he was going to ride the winning streak wave with Miller.  Hope Vanek is back tonight.

Let's go Buffalo!!!

I'll have to check out the presser.  If you're right, that strikes me as a mistake.  If you can't trust your backup, the answer is to get a new backup - not to nail the starter's pads to the ice.

Look at the best teams in the league and most of them are operating with a 60/40 or 70/30 platoon.  There's something to be said for it, methinks.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 09:24 AM

View Postwjag, on 03 March 2013 - 09:19 AM, said:

Apparently it doesn't matter who the coach is.

View PostNowDoYouBelieve, on 03 March 2013 - 09:22 AM, said:

I'll have to check out the presser.  If you're right, that strikes me as a mistake.  If you can't trust your backup, the answer is to get a new backup - not to nail the starter's pads to the ice.

Look at the best teams in the league and most of them are operating with a 60/40 or 70/30 platoon.  There's something to be said for it, methinks.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 09:56 AM

Must win game.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 10:13 AM

3rd game in 4 nights....Rangers rested and home...this is a tough spot.  Enroth likely. I would be thrilled just to get to OT.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 10:14 AM

View Postnfreeman, on 03 March 2013 - 12:03 AM, said:

OK.  3 more and they're at "official" .500; 4 more and they're at the much more meaningful DeLuca .500.

I'm pleased to say that I'll be having a huge steak dinner on Sunday evening and then attending the game.  Wearing my Miller jersey.

My first GDT of this year, and of the Rolston era.

Go Sabres.

I'll be therein my bottle cap Miller jersey as well, section 217. Lets go Buffalo!

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 10:16 AM

gotta have dinner at the in-laws tonight. bringing the ipad and watching it on GC.  like they said last night, this team has some swagger to it now--a bit of arrogance. 3 game win streak is nice, and maybe it is the start of a long run, but if they want to have any hope of sustaining that long run, enroth has to get some of that swagger. start him tonight, get the defense in front of him playing as well as they have and clean up the little mistakes, enroth could pull off the win and get some of that "winning fever."

otherwise, we'll ride miller, he'll be exhausted by the time the end of the season rolls around, and once again, IF we make the playoffs, a first-round exit is almost guaranteed.

here's hoping for a statement win over the rangers. go sabres!

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 10:24 AM

View Postrbochan, on 03 March 2013 - 09:56 AM, said:

Must win game.

I'll take Enroth and a point.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 10:44 AM

View Postwjag, on 03 March 2013 - 09:19 AM, said:

Apparently it doesn't matter who the coach is.
Why do many want Enroth? I certainly don't want him to play. Rather they wear out Miller. It's a short season.

Edited by nucci, 03 March 2013 - 10:44 AM.


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Posted 03 March 2013 - 10:50 AM

View Postnucci, on 03 March 2013 - 10:44 AM, said:


Why do many want Enroth? I certainly don't want him to play. Rather they wear out Miller. It's a short season.

He's got to play sometime.  Seems like the place.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 10:55 AM

View Postnfreeman, on 03 March 2013 - 12:03 AM, said:

OK.  3 more and they're at "official" .500; 4 more and they're at the much more meaningful DeLuca .500.

I'm pleased to say that I'll be having a huge steak dinner on Sunday evening and then attending the game.  Wearing my Miller jersey.

My first GDT of this year, and of the Rolston era.

Go Sabres.

Peter Lugers?

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 11:02 AM

Its the chicken and egg thing. I liken it to the Grigo situation. Coach says he has to earn his ice time. Its pretty hard to earn your ice sitting on the bench or playing with scrubs. Same goes with enroth. He needs to play and earn the trust of his coach and team mates. That being said based on his record I have close to zero faith in him getting us the w. If he plays hopefully the guys tighten up in front of him. He needs a victory.

  As always GO SABRES !

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 11:03 AM

Sabres 3-1

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 11:09 AM

View PostClaude_Verret, on 03 March 2013 - 11:03 AM, said:

Sabres 3-1

That has to mean their record over the last 4 after tonight's game right?

3 in 4 nights against the Rags on a back to back while the rags are rested at home. Don't get me wrong I'd love to see a win and a lil streak is nice. But I don't think this team has metamorphoisized into anything that much better.

Basing this on how we've looked in back to backs recently and attributing it to the highly physical game last night against joisey I would be happy with a loser point tonight.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 11:09 AM

After the energy and emotion of yesterday's game, Miller gets the start.

RR will probably consult with Miller and allow him to have input on when he sits a game.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 11:36 AM

View Postfreester, on 03 March 2013 - 10:55 AM, said:



Peter Lugers?

Unfortunately not -- it's too far from the garden.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 11:50 AM

View Postwyldnwoody44, on 03 March 2013 - 11:09 AM, said:

That has to mean their record over the last 4 after tonight's game right?

3 in 4 nights against the Rags on a back to back while the rags are rested at home. Don't get me wrong I'd love to see a win and a lil streak is nice. But I don't think this team has metamorphoisized into anything that much better.

Basing this on how we've looked in back to backs recently and attributing it to the highly physical game last night against joisey I would be happy with a loser point tonight.

I agree with all of this. Real tough spot tonight.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 11:56 AM

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When we get out there, we're gonna yank 'em and tear 'em and rip 'em! We're gonna take 'em and roll 'em around and rip 'em up to pieces! And then we're gonna slaughter 'em. And after the slaughter is over, we're gonna come back here and ring that victory bell. Like we always wanted to.


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Posted 03 March 2013 - 12:09 PM

Rolston had Leggio start like 24 games in a row last year and had used him this year at nearly the same percentage as Lindy used Miller.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 12:16 PM

Only the 3rd game so far this season that I'll be able watch.  After reading the last 4 pages of last nights game day thread I am curious to see what kind of changes have been made to both the "system" and the players attitudes.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 12:44 PM

View Postweave, on 03 March 2013 - 12:16 PM, said:

Only the 3rd game so far this season that I'll be able watch.  After reading the last 4 pages of last nights game day thread I am curious to see what kind of changes have been made to both the "system" and the players attitudes.

In the shortest possible summary.  The defense is playing better defense, with much less mental mistakes.  The ahl guys have been fairly solid.  Turnovers & the inability to clear the zone is still costing us.  Gerbe seems to be up to speed

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 12:49 PM

Sabres 4-0-2 last six at MSG. Still feeling good.

Nerd Power! (Thanks robviously; and right on cue during the postgame presser Ran put one finger on the bridge of his glasses and pushed. )

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 01:04 PM

View PostPASabreFan, on 03 March 2013 - 12:49 PM, said:

Sabres 4-0-2 last six at MSG. Still feeling good.

Nerd Power! (Thanks robviously; and right on cue during the postgame presser Ran put one finger on the bridge of his glasses and pushed. )
Time to find out if Ron Rolston's Nerd Magic™ can get us a fourth win in a row.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 01:25 PM

View PostRobviously, on 03 March 2013 - 01:04 PM, said:

Time to find out if Ron Rolston's Nerd Magic™ can get us a fourth win in a row.

I got that for Christmas. The seeds never grew. Bastards.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 01:26 PM

Sabres take the morning off to rest:

http://www.wgr550.co...-rest-/15700022

With back to back games and three games in four days, the Sabres elected not to have a morning skate. They gathered for a meeting at their hotel.

That means there will be no news on the status of Thomas Vanek until early this evening. Brian Flynn remains with the team which means Jordan Leopold won’t play tonight.

As far as goaltending goes, Jhonas Enroth will get a game soon and of course it could be tonight, but listening to Rolston’s postgame press conference, he made reference to keeping the winning streak alive so does that mean Miller again?

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 01:35 PM

View PostNowDoYouBelieve, on 03 March 2013 - 08:22 AM, said:

I assume we'll see Enroth tonight.  I imagine he'll be equal parts rusty and eager to prove himself.

Don't count on it.  Seems that coach RR has the same tendencies as coach LR in regards to playing the starter in net as much as possible.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 01:40 PM

View PostNowDoYouBelieve, on 03 March 2013 - 09:22 AM, said:

I'll have to check out the presser.  If you're right, that strikes me as a mistake.  If you can't trust your backup, the answer is to get a new backup - not to nail the starter's pads to the ice.

Look at the best teams in the league and most of them are operating with a 60/40 or 70/30 platoon.  There's something to be said for it, methinks.

I think you may need to take a second look at that.  According to nhl.com Quick played in 69 games last regular season or 84% of the games.  They won the cup doing that.  Just looking quickly at top teams in the leauge last year that had legit #1 goaltenders (not a full blown platoon).

Boston - Thomas played in 59 or 72%
Pitt - Fluery played in 67 or 82%
Rags - Lundqvist 62 or 76%
Vancouver - Luongo 55 or 67%
Pheonix - Smith 67 or 82%
Nashville - Rinne 73 or 89%

I'm not too worried about over working Miller (espically in a shortened season).

Let's Go Buffalo!

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 01:45 PM

For some reason I woke up this morning with a good feeling about tonights game.  It hasn't faded yet.

I predict a big win tonight ... 4 - 1, with that 1 goal against in *garbage time* to spoil the SO for Miller.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 02:34 PM

I'm all for Enroth getting starts, but Rolston is trying to turn things around and build the team some confidence with wins, why stop the momentum now. Not saying that Enroth can't pull out a win, I think he can, but Miller's been hot and unless he's tired, play him.





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