Archive | October 2011

From Where I Sat: Section 107, Row 3, Seat 7

Unfortunately tonight I find myself writing yet another game recap after a loss. Tonight’s loss came at the hands of  the now 6th place Florida Panthers, with the final score of 3-2 (as if you needed to be reminded). The Sabres are now 1-3-0 at home (discounting the “home” win in Helsinki), with the only win coming against the 30th place Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday. A game in which they managed to survive squandering a 2-0 lead for the second time in as many games. You know the drill: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. In this case mostly The Bad and The Ugly. Read More…


Tyler Tracker: Update 0.5

In early September I announced I would be tracking the performance of the Tylers over the course of the season. Initially I intended on having these posts track the performance of both Tyler Myers (Tyler 1) and Tyler Ennis (Tyler 2). After some thought, however, I decided that it’s best to focus on only one of the Tylers, as tracking performance is meaningless without for comparison. Therefore, I will be comparing  Tyler 2’s performance this season to that of his rookie season. It’s only fair that I track him according to the high standard that he established for himself last season. Normally I will do an update every 10 games (based on statistics averaged over a 5 or 6 game span), but today I’m only going to focus on his first 5 games; hence the reason I’m referring to this post as “Update 0.5.” Expect to see the full update after his first 10 games of the season, complete with pretty pretty charts and graphs (eventually). After the jump I’ll examine his performance thus far. Read More…

From Where I Sat, Amerks Edition: Section 114, Row H, Seat 5

Tonight was my first Rochester Americans (and AHL) game, so before I get into The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, I’ll say that I was quite pleased with the outcome of the game. I will definitely be back for more, but I would have regardless of whether or not they had won. I’m not one of those fans who only cares about a team when they are winning. I’m still trying to familiarize myself with the players, so bear with me for a little while. I’m fairly familiar with the drafted prospects, but some of the other guys will take me a while. Since you may not be aware of the outcome, the final score was Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit Red Wings) 2, Rochester Americans (Buffalo Sabres) 7. I usually like to include a photo, but I neglected to take any, and apparently they must only exist in some secret vault that the average person cannot access. Read More…

Four Thoughts After Four Games

I’m not one for recaps, but I have a few thoughts tonight on the heels of the Sabres 3-2 win over the loathsome Penguins. Read More…

From Where I Sat: Section 312, Row 12, Seat 20

Yes, I know it’s late, but I wanted to write my recap while I was still annoyed at the outcome of tonight’s loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in the home opener. There is plenty that can be said about what happened tonight. I’ll touch on most of what I think was important, what we should be afraid of, and what we should take as a positive from this game. You know the drill: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you, but if you need a reminder of the final score it was Canes 4, Sabres 3. Read More…

Ryan Miller vs. the Penguins: Is Sidney Crosby to Blame?

Most Sabres fans are aware of the fact that Ryan Miller does not have the greatest track record against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The question, however, is whether or not Sidney Crosby is the cause of Miller’s misfortunes against the Pens. After all, Crosby did score the goal that gave Canada the gold medal in the 2010 Olympics. Yes, it still hurts. I decided that this was a question worthy of being answered through the use of statistics. In today’s post I’ll examine Miller’s performance against the Pens and determine if Crosby truly is the cause of Miller’s troubles against this loathsome team. Read More…

The TOI Game: Ducks @ Sabres

I decided to add another new feature this season that I think some may find interesting. I’m won’t do this after all 82 games, but occasionally I will play what I’m going to call “The TOI Game” with you. There is but one very simple rule; you cannot look at the boxscore for the answers. I’ll show you multiple selections of ice time and then ask you to guess a few different things about those selections. Answers will be posted at the bottom of the post. There is no prize of any sort, other than the satisfaction of knowing you guessed correctly. Good luck! Read More…

Captain Pominville?

Sabres are over the pond and looking good!

After spanking Alder Manheim 8-3 on Tuesday, Buffalo held a team meeting on Wednesday we’re they announced this years captains.

Lindy Ruff gathered the team and passed out their jerseys. Vanek, Roy and Gaustad received ‘A’s and will serve as assistants too… Jason Pominville?

Okay okay I can see where Ruff is going and respect his decision. He’s been in Buffalo as long as anyone and seems to go about his buisness quietly. Everytime I think it’s time to get rid of him you look at his numbers and are pleasant surprised. Plus look at this:

“The Sabres were 16-5-0 when Pominville scored a goal last season and 22-9-4 when he collected a point. When the 28-year-old right wing was out of the lineup, the Sabres were 2-5-2 in the regular season and 0-2 in the playoffs.”

While I would have loved to see a defenseman with a letter I don’t think anyone has been there long enough to deserve it and I’m ecstatic that the team didn’t just hand a letter to the oldest guy that walks in the locker room… cough cough Craig Rivet cough cough. Pominville knows how things are suppose to be run in Buffalo and knowing he’s the full time captain gives me a sigh of relief.

I have a good feeling he will actually be good enough to make the starting line up and not get sat because he’s too old to make a boards to boards pass… but i digress. The Sabres brought in Leino, Ehrhoff and Regehr but besides that most of these players have been around for a while. This is the core of the team and a lot of the players have come through the system (Vanek, Roy, Stafford, Ennis, Gerbe, Miller, Pominville, Grags, Myers) and they have gone through the ups and downs.

Hats off to Ruff and the team and congrats to Pominville he’s survived the good and bad and this team is poised for big things. One more day everyone… Lets goooooo

The New Captain

And there we have it folks, your questions about who the next Sabres captain would be have been answered. In a video posted today by the Sabres, Lindy Ruff appointed Jason Pominville as the 15th full time captain in Sabres history. Are you a little surprised? Well, if so, you aren’t alone. Read More…

Breathe, Just Breathe

As most of you know (if you don’t, shame on you), I am a major sports fan. I bleed Buffalo blue gold and red. The Sabres season starts on Friday with a game against the Anaheim Ducks, dubbed a “home game” even though it’s overseas. We are in an interesting period in Buffalo sports, with the Sabres still exciting fans after Lord Pegula saved us from uncertain departure/disenfranchisement, buying 3 players and locking up Tyler Myers, and the Bills shocking the NFL world as well as the real world with an upset victory over New England, only to lose it’s first game yesterday to the Bengals.

This is a message to all Buffalo sports fans, not just one sect or the other. Ready? Here it is:

Don’t get worked up over one loss.

The way Bills fans have been talking today, it seems like the sky is falling, the world is coming to an end, we’re preparing for a rapture, or something drastic like that. Yes, they lost to a team with a rookie QB, but it’s ONE GAME. And, last time I read a newspaper, turned on the television, radio, or talked to someone with half a brain who watches enough sports, no one expected the Bills, or expects the Sabres, to pull a perfect season out of the hat. In the NHL, it’s never been done. Let that sink in. No one, in the history of the National Hockey League, has ever finished a season without a single loss. I understand this completely. I also understand that no one thinks that the Sabres will have a perfect 82-0 season either. I’m just simply stating a redundant sentence that this year especially, we should heed even more.

So please, Buffalo sports fans. Don’t get worked up over a loss to Cincy. Don’t panic when we drop a game to Pittsburgh, Winnipeg, Calgary, Vancouver, Philly, New York, or Boston. Don’t fret when we have a minor losing streak to Ottawa, Columbus, Minnesota, or Toronto. It’s a long season in sports, and it’s one minor setback. Pull yourselves together and be patient.

Don’t get worked up over one loss. And if you do, just play Anna Nalick.