Buffalo - December 10, 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.
Talk about a rebound, the Sabres shut out the defending Stanley Cup champions 1-0. Let’s get to it.
It’ll never happen because his traditional stats aren’t pretty enough, but Jhonas Enroth deserves some All-Star love. He continued his stretch of impossibly good play last night by turning aside all 34 shots in front of the First Niagra Center crowd, shutting out the defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings.
Over the last 10 or so games, Enroth has been virtually unbeatable, shelling at the hands of the Lightning aside. He’s looked like a dominant #1 goalie, displaying a confidence that the Sabres haven’t seen in years. I say that about the franchise as a whole, not just the goaltending position.
If the Sabres miss out on a top pick this year, there will be one guy to look to and honestly, if this is the Enroth we’re getting going forward, we should all be fine with it. He doesn’t have the size or pedigree Ryan Miller had, but he’s standing on his head with the regularity the former Sabres netminder displayed.
The offense continues to make life difficult for everyone. Just 16 shots on net all night usually means you’re going to lose and lose badly. The Sabres have the Super Swede in net, though, so it just means they have to work a little harder to earn the shutout.
The defense actually had a decent night, allowing 34 shots of an attempted 70 from the Kings, but they can’t keep getting away with wins in lop-sided games like this. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Enroth can only do so much for so long before the ineptitude of the offense catches up to everyone.
I honestly have nothing here. Enroth is playing out of his mind, the team is fun to watch despite being obviously mismatched and despite having won 7 of the last 10 games, they’re still just three points out of last place in the NHL.
The tank is still on and we’re finding out we might have a legit #1 goalie on our hands in Enroth. What can I complain about, really?
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