Though winning the last two games thanks large in part to Carter Hutton (who I believe could become the best surprise signing of the off season) The Buffalo Sabres and head coach Phil Housley better find a cure for their defensive zone play. If not for Carter Hutton's play the Sabre's could easily be 0 -3.
Don't get me wrong, I love that we're 2-1. I love the play of Sam Reinhardt, Evan Rodriguez (who should be elevated), and the play of Casey Middlestadt (who looks smaller the J.F. Sauve) both Rasmii and Capt. Jack Eichel, but the crisp passes out of the zone aren't there enough.
Whats prevalent are Sabre players are just chipping the puck along the boards in the defensive zone when trying to clear the zone, especially from below the goal line allowing the opposition to collapse around the puck, gain possession, then cycle the puck for a scoring opportunity.
Enter, Carter Hutton, "The Bacon Saver".
Lets not forget the lack of offensive support. How many times have we seen a Sabre with the puck alone without any trailing wingers? That's a result of bad line changes.
Jeff Sinners wasting away with the puck alone in the O-zone.
The good luck of the puck bouncing our way or a missed call will lessen as will the wins as the opposing teams get better and better.
I would also like to see Dahlin show me his best impression of a rushing Connor McDavid.