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#1 26CornerBlitz

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 12:27 AM

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GAME DISCUSSION THREAD
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GAME #71: BUF (20-42-8) at VAN (32-30-10) – SUN MAR 23 – 8:00 PM EDT – MSG-B, BELL TVWGR-550

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Final Lineup

82 Marcus Foligno – 63 Tyler Ennis – 21 Drew Stafford ("A")
88 Cory Conacher – 19 Cody Hodgson – 17 Torrey Mitchell
37 Matt Ellis – 65 Brian Flynn – 27 Matt D’Agostini
32 John Scott – 24 Zenon Konopka – 44 Nicolas Deslauriers
X: 28 Zemgus Girgensons (LBI), 80 Chris Stewart (ankle), 23 Ville Leino (healthy)

10 Christian Ehrhoff ("A") – 55 Rasmus Ristolainen
20 Henrik Tallinder ("A") – 5 Chad Ruhwedel
6 Mike Weber – 4 Jamie McBain
X: 52 Alexander Sulzer (LBI), 57 Tyler Myers (elbow)

50 Nathan Lieuwen
31 Matt Hackett
X: 1 Jhonas Enroth (LBI), 34 Michal Neuvirth (LBI)

Lineup News & Notes
F Zemgus Girgensons (LBI), F Chris Stewart (ankle), F Ville Leino (healthy), D Alex Sulzer (LBI), D Tyler Myers (elbow),
and G Michal Neuvirth were scratches in Thursday's 3-1 win at Edmonton.

Weekly Transactions
03/17: Recalled G Matt Hackett (emergency basis) from Rochester (AHL).

According to the Stats
In the last 10 games, the Sabres have gone 2-8-0.
Cory Conacher figured in all three goals Thursday with two goals and an assist.
Drew Stafford has six points (5G/1A) in the past six games.


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Final Lineup

22 Daniel Sedin ("A") – 33 Henrik Sedin ("C") – 46 Nicklas Jensen
20 Chris Higgins – 17 Ryan Kesler – 36 Jannik Hansen
7 David Booth – 15 Brad Richardson – 9 Zack Kassian
29 Tom Sestito – 27 Shawn Matthias – 21 Zac Dalpe
X: 14 Alexandre Burrows (hand), 40 Michael Zalewski (healthy), 45 Jordan Schroeder (healthy)

2 Dan Hamhuis – 5 Jason Garrison
23 Alexander Edler – 3 Kevin Bieksa ("A")
18 Ryan Stanton – 6 Yannick Weber
X: 8 Christopher Tanev (fingers)

31 Eddie Lack
35 Jacob Markstrom

Lineup News & Notes
Vancouver scratched D Christopher Tanev, C Ryan Kesler, F Michael Zalewski and F Darren Archibald in
Wednesday's 2-0 win vs. Nashville.
C Ryan Kesler (knee), skated Saturday and will be a game-time decision.
F Mike Santorelli (shoulder) and D Andrew Alberts (concussion) are on IR.

Weekly Transactions
03/20: Re-assigned F Darren Archibald to Utica (AHL).


According to the Stats
In the Last 10 games, Vancouver has gone 4-6-0.
Henrik Sedin has five assists in three games.
Kevin Bieksa has assists in three straight games.


PREGAME LINKS
03/21 – GAME RECAP: CONACHER SPARKS BUFFALO WIN OVER EDMONTON (Kevin Snow – Sabres.com)
03/19 – GAME RECAP: Rookies Lack, Jensen lead Canucks past Predators (Kevin Woodley – NHL.com)
03/22 – Daniel Sedin to return as Canucks host Sabres (NHL.com)
03/21 – BEYOND THE BOARDS: PUTTING THE PIECES TOGETHER (Kevin Snow – Sabres.com)
03/22 – Canucks Report: Daniel's back (Daniel Fung – Canucks.com)
03/22 – BEYOND THE BOARDS: HOMECOMING KING (Kevin Snow – Sabres.com)
03/21 – Game Preview: 3/23/14 at Vancouver Canucks (Ian Ott – Sabres PR)

03/21 – John Tortorella speaks with the media Friday following Canucks practice at Rogers Arena <2:49>
03/22 – Joey Kenward previews Sunday's match up at Rogers Arena between the Canucks and Buffalo <2:14>
03/22 – John Tortorella updates his lineup as the Canucks prepare to host the Buffalo Sabres Sunday afternoon <2:05>
03/22 – Ted Nolan speaks with the media following Saturday's practice at Rogers Arena. <5:12>
03/22 – Dan Dunleavy recaps Saturday's practice at Rogers Arena. <1:46>
03/22 – Matt Ellis speaks with the media following Saturday's practice at Rogers Arena. <1:37>
03/22 – Nathan Lieuwen speaks with the media following Saturday's practice at Rogers Arena. <4:47>
03/22 – Cody Hodgson speaks with the media following Saturday's practice at Rogers Arena. <2:47>

03/23 – Tale of the Tape: Game 73: Canucks vs. Sabres (3.23.14) (Daniel Fung – Canucks.com)
03/23 – Canucks Report: Hello Buffalo (Jeff Paterson – Canucks.com)

POSTGAME LINKS
03/23 – GAME RECAP: SABRES WASTE QUICK START IN LOSS TO CANUCKS (Kevin Snow – Sabres.com)
03/23 – Brian Duff and Dan Dunleavy recap the Sabres 4-2 loss to the Canucks. <4:10>
03/23 – Ted Nolan speaks with the media following the Sabres 4-2 loss to the Canucks. <2:09>
03/23 – Jamie McBain speaks with Brian Duff and Brad May following the Sabres 4-2 loss to the Canucks. <3:04>
03/23 – Nathan Lieuwen speaks with the media following the Sabres 4-2 loss to the Canucks. <2:12>
03/23 – Tyler Ennis speaks with the media following the Sabres 4-2 loss to the Canucks. <1:56>
03/23 – Christian Ehrhoff speaks with the media following the Sabres 4-2 loss to the Canucks. <1:18>

Edited by 26CornerBlitz, 24 March 2014 - 04:41 AM.


#2 d4rksabre

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 01:10 AM

Drew Stafford lays out Kassian. You heard it here first.

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 03:11 AM

View Postd4rksabre, on 23 March 2014 - 01:10 AM, said:

Drew Stafford lays out Kassian. You heard it here first.

That would be awesome just to see :P

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 03:58 AM

I was somewhat expecting to see Leino back in the line-up on the 1st or 2nd line. It wouldn't be the first time it has happened this year. I see no reason for Ville Leino to ever be in the Sabres line-up again, I don't care what they are paying him, I do not want one of our young player picking up any of Leino's bad habits (skill set).

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 06:29 AM

Thanks, 26CB.

The GDT is always the highlight of any Sabre game.

I may get to to follow this one a bit, since it starts at 9:00 PM Halifax time.

In other news the Mooseheads are up 2 games to 0 in their first round series against the PEI Islanders (that's the tropical island of PEI).


GO MOOSEHEADS!!


I mean ...

GO SABRES!!

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 08:04 AM

Why is Leino out???? If we win again, we have to put him back in, itd be irresponsible not to

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 09:13 AM


Ronnie Shuker@THNRonnieShuker Mar 21

The Vancouver Canucks have the worst record (9-19-3) in the NHL in 2014, even worse than the Buffalo Sabres (9-18-4).


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Posted 23 March 2014 - 09:26 AM

View PostBRAWNDO, on 23 March 2014 - 09:13 AM, said:


Ronnie Shuker@THNRonnieShuker Mar 21

The Vancouver Canucks have the worst record (9-19-3) in the NHL in 2014, even worse than the Buffalo Sabres (9-18-4).


Meh. It takes a full season effort to produce a tank like ours.

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 10:15 AM

Cue the Kassian for Hodgson thread.

I'll be watching this one on the laptop and the walking dead on the bigscreen. What can I say ? Priorities.

As always , Go Sabres !

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 10:18 AM

View PostSabres Fan In NS, on 23 March 2014 - 06:29 AM, said:

Thanks, 26CB.

The GDT is always the highlight of any Sabre game.

I may get to to follow this one a bit, since it starts at 9:00 PM Halifax time.

In other news the Mooseheads are up 2 games to 0 in their first round series against the PEI Islanders (that's the tropical island of PEI).


GO MOOSEHEADS!!


I mean ...

GO SABRES!!

You're welcome as always.

03/23 – Tale of the Tape: Game 73: Canucks vs. Sabres (3.23.14) (Daniel Fung – Canucks.com)

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 10:29 AM

Canucks fans have to be on suicide watch. If we win tonight...

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 10:39 AM

Go Sabres!  I like seeing the Canucks implode.   :devil:

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 11:25 AM

Good read:

http://www.theprovin...rce=twitterfeed

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 12:07 PM

View Postd4rksabre, on 23 March 2014 - 10:29 AM, said:

Canucks fans have to be on suicide watch. If we win tonight...
That, and Lieuwen's first W are two good things to root for tonight.

I don't ever remember watching Sunday night games before, and now this is the third Sunday night in a row.  I kinda like 'em.

View PostSpndnchz, on 23 March 2014 - 11:25 AM, said:

Pretty great quotes from the coaches in this article.  Torts when asked about why rookie Jensen gained his trust so quickly while Zack has been in the doghouse:
“(Jensen’s) awareness is above where I’d thought it would be,” Tortorella said. “Him and Zack are two different players. I don’t want to compare them because I’d have to be critical of one, and that’s just not fair."

Nolan on Hodgson and his role on our roster:
“You realize certain players are gifted in certain areas,” Nolan said of Hodgson. “Cody is one of those guys, that if you get him within 10, or five feet of that net and they’re going to go in.
“But we have to find some people who can ... You’re only as good as your surroundings.”

Edited by qwksndmonster, 23 March 2014 - 12:07 PM.


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Posted 23 March 2014 - 12:17 PM

View PostBRAWNDO, on 23 March 2014 - 09:13 AM, said:


Ronnie Shuker@THNRonnieShuker Mar 21
The Vancouver Canucks have the worst record (9-19-3) in the NHL in 2014, even worse than the Buffalo Sabres (9-18-4).

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 12:28 PM

View Postqwksndmonster, on 23 March 2014 - 12:07 PM, said:

Nolan on Hodgson and his role on our roster:
“You realize certain players are gifted in certain areas,” Nolan said of Hodgson. “Cody is one of those guys, that if you get him within 10, or five feet of that net and they’re going to go in.
“But we have to find some people who can ... You’re only as good as your surroundings.”

The player also has to be willing to get within 5 to10 feet of the net.

Edited by kishoph, 23 March 2014 - 12:29 PM.


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Posted 23 March 2014 - 12:36 PM

Does anybody know how/when Neuvirth actually got hurt? Haven't heard much about anything.

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 12:43 PM

Eleven points away from second (last), twelve games to go.  Two games in hand over Edmonton, who has decided to lose their last two.

There has been secretive research being conducted throughout the war, in preparation for a time that we would need a dominating battle technology against a coastal opponent.  Scientists have been working for months to achieve a new level of seaside combat efficiency.



How does one tank against the ocean-born killer whale?  Experiments with amphibious tanks didn't go as well as expected.

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Instead, we captured current ocean-going technology and developed it into a new, tank-worthy platform, fit for battle on land and in the fjords of British Columbia.




UNLEASH THE MECHA WHALES!!

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ONWARD!!

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 01:12 PM

The Oilers implosion last night has me concerned, especially when looking at the rest of their schedule this season.

Then again The Sabres Schedule is no walk in the park either

Edited by BRAWNDO, 23 March 2014 - 01:16 PM.


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Posted 23 March 2014 - 01:16 PM

View Postkishoph, on 23 March 2014 - 12:28 PM, said:

The player also has to be willing to get within 5 to10 feet of the net.

The follow up quote makes me wonder what Nolan was getting at. Was he referring to Hodgson being really good in close, or that if we had people who would go in close he'd get them the puck? I think it's the former, but it's still an odd sequence of quotes.

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 02:33 PM

View PostIKnowPhysics, on 23 March 2014 - 12:43 PM, said:

Eleven points away from second (last), twelve games to go.  Two games in hand over Edmonton, who has decided to lose their last two.

There has been secretive research being conducted throughout the war, in preparation for a time that we would need a dominating battle technology against a coastal opponent.  Scientists have been working for months to achieve a new level of seaside combat efficiency.



How does one tank against the ocean-born killer whale?  Experiments with amphibious tanks didn't go as well as expected.

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Instead, we captured current ocean-going technology and developed it into a new, tank-worthy platform, fit for battle on land and in the fjords of British Columbia.




UNLEASH THE MECHA WHALES!!

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ONWARD!!

Shite ! I'm in enemy territory.

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 02:36 PM

View Postbunomatic, on 23 March 2014 - 02:33 PM, said:

Shite ! I'm in enemy territory.

Don your Sabres colors or get mowed down like Jonah.

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 02:41 PM

View PostTrueBluePhD, on 23 March 2014 - 01:16 PM, said:

The follow up quote makes me wonder what Nolan was getting at. Was he referring to Hodgson being really good in close, or that if we had people who would go in close he'd get them the puck? I think it's the former, but it's still an odd sequence of quotes.

Nolan just realizes Hodgson doesn't have the talent on his wings he deserves.

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 03:50 PM

That hipster meme left me hysterics :lol:

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 06:04 PM

I think the Hodgson quote is pretty clear to anyone who watched him play with Vanek.
His biggest asset is his hockey sense. It's wasted if he's not playing with people who think the game at the same level.

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 06:21 PM

@BuffaloSabres
The Canucks will have a pre-game ceremony to honor Henrik Sedin's 1000 game milestone. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:14pm ET -- KS

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 06:33 PM

I look forward to a solid game by the Sabres.  The chances of winning are not in their favor but stranger things have happened this season.  IWill they win?  Doubt it.

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 06:43 PM

@BuffaloSabres

Sabres lines:
82-63-21
88-19-17
37-65-27
32-24-44

D-pairs:
10-55
5-20
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Posted 23 March 2014 - 06:45 PM

4-2 Good Guys

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 06:56 PM

Daniel Sedin and Ryan Kesler both back in the lineup for Vancouver with Alex Burrows out.

Edited by 26CornerBlitz, 23 March 2014 - 06:58 PM.


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Posted 23 March 2014 - 07:00 PM

View Postdudacek, on 23 March 2014 - 06:04 PM, said:

I think the Hodgson quote is pretty clear to anyone who watched him play with Vanek.
His biggest asset is his hockey sense. It's wasted if he's not playing with people who think the game at the same level.

It's not his linemates that have him hanging out around the perimeter and lobbing shots from the far boards, from the blueline or beyond and failing to take possession of the puck or carry it for more than 2 seconds. It's not their fault that the most physical part of his game on most nights is a half hearted stick check. Nolan complimented Hodgson's game when he's within 5 to 10 feet of the net, too bad he doesn't go that close to the net. No matter who his linemates have been they have doubled the effort that he's put in. Sure better linemates would make him better, but how about he tries to make the linemates he does have a little better. I hate bashing Hodgson because he has talent, but what good does talent do, if you're not going to do your best to use it.

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 07:17 PM

They made that look easy, like they're pros.

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 07:18 PM

Darn.  A quick goal is a bad omen for the Sabres.

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 07:19 PM

Ennis the sniper

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 07:19 PM

Woo!  Who else?

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 07:20 PM

So, I told my wife I thought she might find Lieuwen sexy looking, but she says no. Isn't he handsome?

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 07:22 PM

Is an early goal good, or bad, for The Tank?

haha, Risto took that guy down like a rag doll.

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 07:22 PM

My wide says Mitchell is a hotty, along with Drew.  She also says Rasmus looks like Draco.

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 07:23 PM

lol RIstolainen gives me hope.

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 07:24 PM

Stafford seems to be becoming a pretty good face off man, not sure if the numbers would back it up but I've seen him winning alot





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