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Where do we begin with this years Buffalo Sabres? Is it a lack of a couple smash mouth d men? Is it inconsitant play in the goal position? Do we play the injury card again?

Here is a few ways to fix the problems:
1. Get Healthy on the blueline- missing Teppo, Kalinin, Spacek & now recently acquired Nolan Pratt.
2. Play more physical- Guys like Mair, Goose, Tallinder, Paille & Kotalik need to throw their weight around a bit more consitantly.
3. Less of Peters & more of Ryan- I am not trying to get down on Peters but lets be serious for a minute. The guy has suited up for 8 games played in 7 and averages 2:10 of ice a night. Ryan on the other hand has played in 7 games as well and sees 9:00 of ice. Ryan is more productive and can be used in more situations than Andrew.
4. Consitant Effort- Take tonights loss to the Habs. They played well but couldn't find the back of the net. If they play more games like tonights they will be fine. Just need to hammer a couple home and they will get back on track.
5. Miller Time- Lets face it Ryan Miller needs to step it up a notch. ( Tonight he did, just no goal support) Anyone who thinks this guy isn't human need to look no farther than the recent & unfortunate loss of his cousin MATT MAN. This loss no doubt has affected Ryan like it would any of us. To loss someone that close to you is hard. Miller will work through it. Hopefully sooner than later.
6. Shake Up the Roster- I hope it doesn't come to this. But lets be honest if they dont get it going soon. Some guys need to see the press box or a one way ticket out of town. Maybe a few call ups will get them going. Dylan Hunter & Clarke McArthur might be a needed spark for these guys to wake up and get it going.

Discuss amongst yourselfs. And here is to the Sabres getting back on track Wednesday night vs The Bruins
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November 5, 2007 11:04 PM ET | Delete
definitely feel they played one of their better games tonight. Hopefully they get Spac and Pratt back Wednesday, especially with it looking like Mair may be out for Wednesday.
November 5, 2007 11:11 PM ET | Delete
Nice blog, SC. Tough loss tonight, the offense could not generate much; even though Huet was sick tonight. The problem lies in a power forward IMO. The Sabres were small out there and even the Habs forced them to the outside. A power forward who can stand in front of the net and cause some havoc would really help IMO.
November 6, 2007 12:01 AM ET | Delete
Excellent as usual. After tonights loss I didn't feel like they played bad but just didn't get the breaks they needed. I think we can really build off from this game and leave with the positives. I know a loss is a loss but I felt like it was a victory because we shot some more and crashed the net a bit more. I also agree SC that we may need to mix things up if we can't build off this.
November 6, 2007 12:09 AM ET | Delete
RG my point excatlly. Kotalik needs to be our Power forward. He has the tools but needs to realize his potential. If not time to see him on his way. I hate to say that because he is a great guy. But great people dont win Cups. great players do. Killab......If things dont change soon Darcy can't wait to much longer to pull the trigger. Deadline day will be late. He needs to do it soon.
November 6, 2007 12:39 AM ET | Delete
Great post except no more excuses for Miller.He has 1 job stop the puck!Right now he looks like an average goaltender.We could of had that in Biron for less money and gotten a leader too.
November 6, 2007 8:10 AM ET | Delete
I was going to point out something very similar to what RG said. Our "power forwards" simply were not where they needed to be last night. Montreal forced both Goose and Vanek to the outside (not saying TV is a power anything). In an otherwise well played game, why was Goose digging the puck out of the corners, when he should have been parked in front of the net. Also what was up with tha 3rd period PP where we had a full 40 seconds of Huet without his stick and we continued to pass the puck east-west? Hockey 101, shoot the puck at the net and good things happen. We did do more of it last night, just not enough. IMO. And Miller should have stopped that goal.
November 6, 2007 9:04 AM ET | Delete
Played better against the Habs but this team is still frustrating as hell to watch. They need to make some moves in the market to shake things up and judging from Darcy's interview last night he's just planning on sitting on his thumb. They need to step it up a few notches just to make the playoffs, and I can't see them making it out of the first round at this rate.
November 6, 2007 12:25 PM ET | Delete
A few things to note. First and foremost, the word you were looking for is "consistant". Sorry, I had to do that.Second, I have never been a huge Ryan Miller fan. Until last year in the playoffs when he picked up the team on his back for a stretch of games, I was not sold. HOWEVER, this year, he is one of the last people I blame. In a recent game between the Blueshirts and Devs, three different times the puck was loose in or around the crease, and Brodeur's d-men bailed him out with a quick swipe of the stick and physical play. Miller does not have the support of the team that he deserves. He is too often making the first stops, and not getting any help to prevent a goal. Is he playing his best? Absolutely not, but look elsewhere for the "goals given up" culprit".
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