And contrary to popular belief it isn’t 867-5309. It’s actually 21-8. That number is how the Sabres have outscored the Lightning this season through the four games they played. With their decisive 7-1 last night, the Sabres swept the season series against the Tampa Bay Lightning winning all four games.
Also, Patrick Lalime got his 200th win in the victory. Since getting his 199th win, Patty was 0-4-1. Congrats to Patrick on this career milestone. Everyone is proud of ya, Pat.
Although the two latter points are exciting, something much more awesome happened in last night’s win. For the first time in three years the Sabres clinched a playoff berth. WE’RE GOING TO THE PLAYOFFS. It’s okay to say it now. Everyone can breathe. There is no way we can jinx it. Huzzah!
In other news, Tyler Ennis should never leave. EVER. I watched the highlights from last night’s game and he looked like a vet. His assist on Mair’s goal was so epic. Favorite goal of the night, for sure.
Anyway, the playoff bound Sabres take on the Boston Bruins tomorrow (Monday) night. I’ll hopefully have a preview for you!
Until next time…
It’s that time of the week again! The time when you abandon all that you are doing to read your favorite hockey blog! Then after you read your favorite blog, you come here and read this blog. Wocka, Wocka, Wocka! But on a more serious note, a sincerely enjoy doing this and hope you enjoy reading it.
First, let’s rewind. Due to the fact that I was on tour last week, I’m going to extend to more than just this direct past week (I tend to that with the RWRF).
After dropping three straight games two weeks ago, the Sabres step things up big time. We won. A lot. Since boosting the self-esteem of the Atlanta Thrashers with a 4-3 loss, the Sabres have won four straight. We beat Tampa on Thursday and then took on Florida and Carolina back to back on Saturday and Sunday. We won those games, too. Awesome. Wednesday night the Sabres scored twice in the final two minutes to tie their game against Montreal. Shootout goals from Pominville and Vanek capped the victory.
One thing I like about this stretch is the fact that we’re scoring. Including the loss to Atlanta, the Sabres have outscored their opponents 20-12. Although that isn’t exactly a massive margin it does show that this team can put together some scoring. Hooray.
Moral of the rewind: We’ve been winning and do it well.
Time to re-find some stories from last week:
- A friend and I were discussing the speculation about Raffi Torres and his alleged hand/ wrist injury. The initial report was that Torres came to Buffalo with the injury. Paul Hamilton of WGR 550 sets the record straight after speaking with Torres. Raffi says it happened here. Thanks to Dave Sanna for sending that my way. [WGR550]
- Puck Daddy breaks down who should win the Hart (MVP) this year. Ryan Miller is one of the five mentioned. Not sure I agree with Ilya Bryzgalov. It’s a good read. [Puck Daddy]
- Awesome breakdown of Wednesday’s game against Montreal by Mike from Roll the Highlight Film. Jokes against Max Afinogenov, the word “eleventy billion” and references to the stream to the penalty box as the beaches of Normandy. Works for me. [RTHF]
- “There’s another prize out there and this time silver isn’t so bad.” Sounds good to me, Ryan. The official Sabres website has a story up about Miller and the run to the playoffs. Homeboy needs rest. [Sabres]
Well, seeing as I was done with class at 3:00, my weekend has officially started. What does it have in store? Tonight sees the Sabres take on the Ottawa Senators at home at 7:30. A win tonight will clinch the playoffs for the Sabres and everyone can stop holding their breathe and actually realize that this team will be in the playoffs. That’s if we win. Tomorrow night we take on the Tampa Bay Lightning a little over a week after we destroyed them 6-2. The more points the Sabres get, the bigger their divisional lead becomes. This team could easily walk away with 4 points after tomorrow. It’s all a matter of hard work, like I spoke about yesterday.
Weekend Poll: This week’s poll deals with The Man, The Myth, The Miller.
Song of the Weekend: This week’s song comes from Ska gods Reel Big Fish. Aaron Barrett is the coolest human ever. The song is “The Set Up (You Need This)”. And it’s awesome (you should turn up the volume on your computer not only to rock out but because the video is kinda quite).
Have a funtastic weekend!
Not being on Puck Daddy’s Death Watch. Hooray! We are actually going to be in the Playoffs… most likely. We’re up 7 points on the Senators with 2 games in hand. It would be a collapse of epic proportions for this team not to make the playoffs…
I’m so excited for this year’s playoffs, it’s ridiculous. I was devastated when we didn’t make the playoffs the past two seasons so this year is going to be great. My favorite parts of spring are: playing guitar outside, playing street hockey and PLAYOFF HOCKEY. Yesssssss.
In other news, I’m thinking of making a playoff introductory video (likely with some of my buddies) just for fun. What do you think? Should I do it?
In more other news, I’ll hopefully have the Rewind Re-find for yous guys tomorrow. Woot?
See ya later, hater.
So, the Sabres are heading down the home stretch towards the playoffs and I have been… well… nowhere to be seen. I apologize for my absence but school has been pretty hectic as of late. I was on a tour last week of the entire state of New York so needless to say, it has been rough finding time to post. As the Sabres head towards the playoffs, I will try my hardest to post as often as possible. For me, the playoffs are unlike any other time for the Sabres. It’s a time full of hope and energy. As the weather gets warmer, there is nothing like some good playoff hockey to compliment the good feeling of spring. Here’s hoping I’m able to post more.
Tonight, the Sabres host the Montreal Canadiens.
The Canadiens are 36-30-7 and have lost 2 straight. They are currently sitting in 7th place in the conference which is one point ahead of Boston in 8th place. This team needs a win tonight. If Montreal hopes to stay alive in the playoff race, 2 points tonight are a must. Look for some offensive spark in the team tonight, as leading scorer Michael Cammalleri is due to return anytime this week. Hearing this positive news should help the likes of Thomas Pleckanec, Brain Gionta and Scott Gomez. This small team will be looking to get a “W” tonight.
At 39-22-10, the Sabres sit nicely atop the Northeast Division and are 3rd in the Eastern Conference. The Sabres have currently won 3 straight games and will look to make it 4 tonight. Fore checking is a must for this team. Hit the corners hard, throw pucks at the net and grind for every last loose puck. If this team wants to win, hard work must be done.
The game starts at 7:30 with Ryan Miller in net for Buffalo and Carey Price in net for the Habs.
Until next time…
It’s baaaaaaaack! The Ruff Writers Weekly Rewind Re-find is back (and better than ever?). For those who can’t remember, here at the RWRF (Rewind Re-find) we (and by we, I mean I) rewind the events of the past week and then re-find some great stories involving the Sabres from this past week. Then, we pull a Boondock Saints and look ahead to the weekend. Oh yeah!
So, let’s rewind!
What happened this past week? Ok, because of the Olympic break I’m going to extend this past week to a few more days. So the Sabres opened last week coming out of the Olympics with two straight losses. The first was to Cindy Crysby and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Continuing our tour of teams that have NHL superstars, the Sabres came home to play against the Capitals. And we lost. But, that’s okay! Apparently, the Sabres are a weekend team.
On Friday the Sabres took on the Philadelphia Flyers and won 3-2. Adam Mair actually did something with his life and got a goal and an assist! Woah! It’s like he’s a professional or something! Congrats Adam, now you have the same goal total as Miroslav Satan, a guy who was picked up on waivers mid-season!
Continuing our weekend of win, the Sabres took on the New York Rangers on Sunday night and won! Brand new hero, Adam Mair, was at it again potting another goal! Last night saw the Sabres continue their win streak with a victory over the struggling Dallas Stars. Tyler Myers had a career night with a goal and three assists.
So, moral of this week’s rewind: We lost a couple times and then won more than a couple times. Hooray, Sabres, we’re winning again.
Now, let’s look at some stories from this past week.
- Greg Wyshynski over at Puck Daddy on Yahoo! Sports breaks down the race for the Calder trophy. He says that it is between Tyler Myers and Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard. Somehow, after like three years on and off in the NHL, Howard is still a rookie. Okaaaaay then. [Puck Daddy]
- The Goose’s Roost thinks this stay is Mark Mancari’s last shot at success in the NHL. I couldn’t agree more. [The Goose’s Roost]
- Vanity Fair has a great piece on the man, the myth, the Miller. Awesome that NHL is now pimping Miller as well as its other superstars. I mean, it’s Vanity Fair! That’s pretty interesting. It’s a good read, too. [Vanity Fair]
- Headshots were all the talk of the GMs conference this past week. Wysh takes you on a whirlwind of quotes and facts. Check it out. [Puck Daddy (again)]
Alright, not that we’ve re-found some articles, what does the weekend have in store?
We take on the Minnesota Wild tomorrow night. The Wild have lost 3 straight and currently sit 4th in the northwest division. Yikes. A hot Sabres team should be able to have their way with this struggling team. Saturday night sees the Sabres take on the Detroit Red Wings who are 1 point out of a playoff spot as of right now. Hopefully the Sabres can keep it that way.
Weekend Poll: The poll for this weekend deals with the push through the playoffs. Vote it up!
Quote of the Week: This week’s quote from my good friend Jake Bradley. It is a response to a Tyler Myers comparison:
“NHL.com refers to Tyler Myers as a mix between a mastodon and a pixie. I mean he’s amazing and all, but a mastadixie?”
There ya go.
Song of the Weekend: Finally, I leave you with a song for this weekend. This weekend’s song is doozy by a Swedish band called The Hives. Enjoy!
Great, upbeat song!
I won’t be around at all next week because my a capella group is going on tour! Woo! So, uh, deal with it.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Until next time…
Torres is by no means an offensive forward but his 19 goals currently qualify him for best on the team. Watch his debut tonight against the Philadelphia Flyers. Torres will be place on a line with Derek Roy and Jason Pominville. That is a combo that has a lot of potential. Hopefully, Raffi can get the other two struggling forwards back on track.
Oh, one more thing:
That is all.
It’s that time of year again! We’re in the heart of American Idol season, the Olympics are over and Bill Guerin is sweatin’ bullets wondering where he’ll be at the end of the day. All this can only mean one thing: TRADE DEADLINE DAY!
For those of you fans out there are that are casual hockey fans, many associate Trade Deadline day with the equivalent to Hockey Christmas (I know I do). It’s the day where teams ditch guys in contract years that may need a “change of scenery”. It’s the day where players on crappy teams that are in contract years get dished to teams that are trying to make a push for the playoffs. It’s the day where the Sabres pass Ales Kotalik off to Edmonton and everyone freaks out because they think we’ll never win another shootout. It’s that day.
It’s also the day where two unknown prospects and a couple of draft picks get swapped between teams almost just for the hell of it. It’s also that day.
Unfortunately, due to a thing called “classes” I will be unable to keep you posted throughout the day. There are, however, a few great places that you can check all day to get up-to-date trade news. These are the places that I will be watching so you KNOW they have to be good. Maybe you can be as awesome as me, too.
Here are some good places to stay updated:
TSN/ NHL Network: Due to it’s awesomeness, TSN is running what it calls “Trade Centre” (silly Canadians and their “re”) all day. Basically, Trade Centre is everything you dreamed of and more. Trade Centre has been around for a few years so TSN really has it together when it comes to deadline deals. Expect breaking news, interviews, “expert” analysis (Matthew Barnaby and expert aren’t exactly two words I would put together), lame jokes and everything in between. Oh, and the great thing about Trade Centre this year is that it has been picked up by the NHL network so now we here in America can watch it too. Yay!
Addicted to Twitter? Boy have I got a surprise for you! Arguably the best source to follow for trades and free agency is TSN’s Bob McKenzie. He can be followed here: @TSNBobMcKenzie. Bob McKenzie is constantly keeping everyone updated on trades and is always the first to break news. If you’re smart, you’ll follow him. Hell, I would even create a Twitter just to follow him. He’s that good.
The Goose’s Roost is running a live mega-blog all day with all of the best bloggers from Buffalo. I’ll pitch in the occasional banter as well under the name Andrew Meyer (TRW). (UPDATE: I’ve actually been added to the group of bloggers pitching in so my comments will now be in bold. Awesome!) Bloggers include: 3rd Man In, (TRW Approved) The Willful Caboose, 2 Minutes for Roughing, The Goose’s Roost and more! This live blog is going to have it all!
Puck Daddy on Yahoo! Sports is doing what Wysh refers to as a “Live Chatterbox“. Not exactly a live chat but more of a massive Twitter dumping grounds with nearly 20 different Twitter feeds being placed into one CoverItLive event. Expect chatter from Greg Wyshynski, Sean Leahy and Down Goes Brown. Hilarity will ensue? They’re also running a live blog with numerous trade updates, hour by hour.
And of course check back here to The Ruff Writers (I most just wanted to put my name in bold) for the occasional updates and likely analysis. Just sayin’, don’t forget about the little people now.
See you throughout the day. Happy Trading!
So this weekend has been a whirlwind for me. I’ve written on here before that I am in an a Capella group here at school. And yes, I know, I’m cooler than you. This group that I am in just finished recording our newest CD this past weekend. Usually, it takes a few months to record a full length album. We’re did ours in a week. I’m currently sitting in the studio now as the sound guys of the group mix it. Just to put it into context for ya, Thursday night I came in to record at 9:00 PM at night and didn’t leave until 4:00 AM (and got up for class 8:00 AM nonetheless). On Friday, I went into the studio at 4:30 PM and left at 4:30 AM. Needless to say, I’m a wee bit burnt out. HOWEVER, I am no one to bitch. Like at all. Our sound guy, Eric Froebel (who is one hell of a guy that I have tons of respect for) has logged around 60 hours this past week. We basically asked him to do something that usually is done by two guys to be done alone and in about 1/8th the amount of time it is usually done. Eric Froebel, you’re my hero and I respect the hell out of you. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed.
Anyways, after finishing up recording it was nice to take a break and be able to watch some hockey. Unfortunately it ended in a Silver (not Gold) Medal for Team USA but it was probably the most exciting game the Olympics have seen in a number of years. So, take that people who don’t respect hockey.
Despite this loss, there are things that Sabres fans can be equally happy and sad about. Oh, all of these things are related to Ryan Miller, by the way. Let’s look at ’em.
Why Sabres fans should be happy:
Well, Ryan Miller is now a household name. And that is awesome. No one on the Sabres deserves it more than The Man, The Myth, The Miller. Like most people, I friggin love it when I’m right. And when it comes to Ryan Miller and the Olympics, I was totally right. He completely backstopped this team all the way to an undefeated record sans the gold medal game. So, hooray me, hooray Ryan Miller, hooray team USA but most importantly hooray for the pilgrims.
Pre-Olympics Miller was on a bit of skid alongside his Buffalo Sabres. His awesome success should provide new energy for both Miller and the team. The Olympics provided a clean slate for Miller to pick himself back up and return to fine form. He clearly did return to form as pretty much everyone sang his praise. Hell, even the Canadian hockey fans couldn’t stop cheering when Miller got his medal. From the announcers, to the print media, the TV crew, my professors to even my mom. EVERYONE was talking about Miller and deservedly so.
Post-Olympics Ryan Miller should be looking to build on the success of an amazing tournament. I’m excited to see what he looks like down the stretch for the rest of the season.
Why Sabres fans shouldn’t be happy:
Overall, this tournament was thing: Long. Although the US did themselves a favor by being the first seed and playing themselves out of one game. However, Ryan Miller was on the ice for pretty much every minute of every game. Between talking to press, saving the world and playing in the actual games, Miller didn’t have much time to stop and breathe. And he’s not going to anytime soon. The Sabres get right back into action this Tuesday against, you guessed it, Cindy Crysby and the Shitsburgh… I mean Pittsburgh Penguins. But hey, this is the same Ryan Miller that started 76 out of 82 games two seasons ago. So there you go, he can do it, it’ll just be a hell of a run.
Overall, I’m extremely happy with what happened during the Olympics. Lindy Ruff picked up a gold medal and Ryan Miller captured a Silver Medal, tournament MVP and the hearts of the American public. Epic win.
The next three days are pretty important for the Sabres because the trade deadline is this Wednesday at 3:00 PM. We’ll see what Darcy has up his sleeve. Hopefully that something up his sleeve is named “Martin Biron“.
Until next time…