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Attitude Adjustment Needed For Sabres

from the Buffalo News,

The Sabres’ reputation the past few seasons has been that of a smaller team built for speed.

But the game is tilting back toward bigger bodies and tighter checking, and the Sabres need to show they can adapt.

“It’s just an attitude more than anything,” goaltender Ryan Miller said. “Now we have to decide if we’re going to do it or not.

“We’ve got big enough guys in here. We’ve got a lot of guys that are 190, 200 pounds. You don’t have to be 6-[foot]-5 to make a play. If you’re going to stick around and battle, if you’re going to stay in your position, you’re going to be supported by the other players.”

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Hit The Sabres

via Sabres Edge at the Buffalo News,

The Kings came out hitting, and the Sabres responded poorly—much like they did against the Ducks. Buffalo took retaliatory penalties, which allowed L.A. to blow the game open. You can be sure other teams will look at the videos and adopt a hard-hitting approach whenever they match up against the Sabres.

It’s hard to believe this is the same team that came to the West Coast with wins in six of seven games. They play Saturday in San Jose, and if they get trounced again, it’ll be a sign that personnel will have to change—unless the Sabres want this to be a learning year for the young guys.

 

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Best Entertainment On New Year’s Day

from Eye Weekly,

At least, on Jan. 1, the NHL’s televising that outdoor hockey game in Buffalo, that “Winter Classic” between the Penguins and Sabres — because, the way it stands right now, watching Syd the Kid skate through a snowstorm is looking like superior New Year’s Day entertainment than anything college football’s gonna provide.

you can read on, but it is all NCAA Football talk & we give them a pass on “Syd”.

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  Tags: winter+classic

All Winter Classic

from the Buffalo News,

Who’s holding a “viewing party” for thousands of Buffalo Sabres fans unable to score a ticket for the Jan. 1 NHL Winter Classic in Ralph Wilson Stadium?

Will fans attending the game be able to park their campers or RVs at the stadium a day or two beforehand for a festive New Year’s Eve party?

When will the ice be put down?

continued... all the information you will need about the game…

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More Money Doesn’t Mean More Ice Time

from the Buffalo News,

No one in the NHL is getting a bigger paycheck this season than Vanek. His $10 million salary ties him with Philadelphia’s Daniel Briere and the New York Rangers’ Scott Gomez. Yet of the 10 highest-paid forwards, Vanek lags way behind in time on ice.

Gomez (19:58) and Briere (19:13) are much busier. Tampa Bay’s Brad Richards, fifth on the pay scale, leads forwards at 24:56 per game — eight minutes more than Vanek. The only player in the top 10 of pay who’s relatively close to Vanek is New Jersey’s Patrik Elias, and he still gets 1:14 more per game at 18:02.

Vanek’s total ice time of 386:27 is tied for 139th among NHL forwards.

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Sabres Need Afinogenov

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

He spent the first 19 games this year floating around the perimeter, drawing his linemates offside, giving away the puck and generally wasting space. Edmonton’s Jarret Stoll was the only forward in the league who had a worse plus-minus than Afinogenov’s minus-9 going into the game Friday night.

Afinogenov has three goals and eight points, putting him on pace for 12 goals and 32 points. How does a man blessed with so much give so little? It’s a question the Sabres need to ask in the coming months. Opposing defenses have effectively negated their speed this season, taking away his effectiveness.

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More Scoring Needed

from the Buffalo News,

“Goalies have to get smaller or the nets have to get larger,” Regier said. “That goalie has to get significantly smaller for the likelihood of an outside shot to go in. If we can’t make the goalies smaller, then I don’t know what other options we have but to consider making the nets larger.”

He added that if the nets get bigger, it must be a significant increase. He argued that just a small bump would put teams into a bigger defensive shell. That’s the leading cause of the scoring dip. Coaches have begun crowding their five skaters near the net, which rids the shooters of their open lanes.

“Most goals are probably scored within 30 feet,” Regier said. “So it argues that if you can defend that area and protect that area, then you’re less likely to get scored against.”

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All Ryan Miller

from David Amber at ESPN,

In this week’s Facing Off, the All-Star goalie tells us why he’s sick of talking about the departures of Chris Drury and Daniel Briere, what it was like watching his brother win the Stanley Cup last season and how he’s trying to make life better for cancer victims in his community.

Q: Is it hard to deal with (losing Drury & Briere)?

A: As a team, I’ve been trying to get rid of this built-in excuse that is kind of lingering over us. It can be a crutch to explain why we are losing. What it really comes down to is the guys in the locker room. We as a group need to step up and play. When I talk about those guys leaving, I think we need to move on. I still have a lot of respect for both of them. I learned a lot from them, even little things in practice. They are great leaders and have competitive spirits. I think having played with them will help me out in my career.

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, goalies, ryan+miller

Can Sabres Adapt

from the Buffalo News,

Is the Sabres personnel that was so successful in the wideopen NHL still suitable in a league that features tighter games?

“We ask ourselves that question,” Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier said Tuesday. “I think it is.

“We can [adapt]. That doesn’t mean we don’t learn as we go and maybe make some minor personnel changes down the road or stay the way we are, but yeah, we can be all right. We’re heading in the right direction now. We’re not getting the results, but we’re moving in the right direction.”

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Ruff Has Seen Enough Turnovers

from the Buffalo News,

Maxim Afinogenov has just three goals on the season, none in the last five games. He keeps giving away the puck, as his team-worst minus-9 rating shows.

When yet another giveaway led to the Boston Bruins’ first goal Saturday night, Afinogenov found a seat on the bench for most of the third period of the Buffalo Sabres’ 2-1 loss at TD Banknorth Garden.

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