Monday, March 3, 2008

Some Thoughts about the past couple of Games

Yeesh. Thats about all that can be said from the last couple of games. Granted that the Sabres have played the top two teams in the Eastern and Western Conference. But they looked really bad. Really, really bad. If the Sabres are going to have any chance getting into the playoffs, they need to fix their game and fix it fast. They head to Philly on Tuesday and they are 3 points behind the Flyers with the Islanders and Capitals breathing down their necks.

This team needs a swift kick in the ass. Ryan Miller has been, well, crappy. Here are the amounts of goals he has in the last 10 games: 4, 6, 4, 4, 4, 1, 3, 4, 5, 0. That is an ugly line. It would be nice if we could rest Miller but we need to ride him for the rest of the season because Jocelyn Thibault is about as helpful as a bag of wet cement.

The defense looks lost since Campbell left. Its not necessarily true that Campbell was a key piece to the Sabres, but with him gone Nathan Paestch is filling in. He and Pratt look like two lost puppies on the blueline. They were exposed in the last two games and need to tighten up their game.

The offense does not look all that bad but really need the return of Jochen Hecht. Hecht is just the key piece that seems to bring everything together. Bernier has been a nice addition to the lineup bringing more grit that the team really does need. Afinogenov needs to be permanently be scratched because his schtick has just worn out. A few tweaks to the lineup could turn the team around and be able to make a run in these last 16 games.

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