Minneapolis - November 14, 2014 - Following every Sabres game, we’ll be taking a little look at the previous night’s action with a little segment called “good, bad and ugly”. Expect a loooooooot of ugly.
Let’s get on with it about the 6-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild
Three goals, you guys! In one game, even! And someone other than Stafford, Girgensons (he had one) and Ennis scored on top of that! I don’t even know what to think right now. Wait, yeah I do. This team is still hot, steaming garbage and even when they manage to score more than one goal, they’ll let in another half dozen so it doesn’t really matter.
Other than that, it was nice to see Rasmus Ristolainen pick up his first goal of the year and Nikita Zadorov grabbing his first assist. I’m very apprehensive about keeping any of the talented youngsters in the lineup because this team is a tire fire to end all tire fires, so it’s nice to see them have anything go their way.
Poor, poor Jhonas Enroth. This is what happens when you have an off night playing behind the Sabres. He faced 38 shots on the night, which feels like an easy game for him considering what he normally has to face.
Instead of standing on his head, though, he let in a five spot by the middle of the second period. Granted, a pair of those came on the power play and there’s only so much a goalie can do in situations like that. I’m going to be very easy on the goalies this year because this team is such a mess, but Enroth has to be better than this.
Speaking of bad, what’s going on with the penalty kill? They gave up two of the four chances the Wild had on the night and they haven’t looked terribly good in the last two weeks. I guess when you’re awful, everything catches up with you eventually.
Does Ted Nolan run practices? Does he teach these guys that they actually have to defend in their own zone? “Guys, keep pucks out of your net” shouldn’t be the only lesson they about defense. The talent on defense isn’t really all that bad – except for Meszaros and Benoit, who are terrible and better not be here next year when all the kids are up – so it’s a bit mind-boggling how this team gives up a kajllion shots per night.
Really, what are the goalies even supposed to do? If they stop 45 of 50 shots, that’s not bad but the point is you shouldn’t be giving up 50 shots per night as the Sabres mostly do. It’s hard enough for this team to be anything resembling competitive when they only generate 20 shots per night, but when you’re giving up nearly double that? Can we just forfeit the games and get to June?
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