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Too Much Zone Defense

from the Buffalo News,

This isn’t the NHL. It’s the English Premier League.

The upgraded style of play that resulted from the lockout has been victimized by strategy. Coaches adjusted to the rule changes intended to promote skill and skating. Defense reemerged as the great equalizer for offensively challenged franchises. Nowadays NHL players are always in the zone, be it a 2-3, a 1-4 or variations thereof. The game can’t breathe.

“Zone defense right now, I would put it under the label of killing the game,” Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said Thursday. And he plays it.

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Vanek Feeling Pressure

from the Buffalo News,

With the Sabres’ record at 6-7-1, it’s clearly become bothersome for Vanek. His coach has noticed, his teammates have noticed and so has anyone who’s been watching.

“Sometimes, his emotions are right out there for everyone to see how frustrated he is,” Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller said. “It’s going to be part of his maturing process. You can’t let the other team see that. There’s little talks with him, but I think that’s part of his personality. I’m kind of OK with him doing it. I think he plays his best hockey when he’s holding himself accountable. It’s just you don’t want to get to the point where you’re beating yourself up.”

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Sabres Need To Change Their Gameplan

from the Buffalo News,

That was the prevailing theme afterward. Everyone conceded that it’s a tougher, more defensive-minded league. The wide-open NHL, which was ideal for a small, speedy Sabres squad, has suddenly been transformed back into a tight-checking sport where unsightly, low-scoring games are the standard.

“Last year, everything we touched turned to gold on offense,” said goalie Ryan Miller, who had 25 saves. “This year, we’re going to have to work for it the way teams approach us. We have talent. We have the scoring touch. You’re just not going to get many good looks and you have to make them count.”

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A Developing Trend

from the Buffalo News,

The Sabres still have talent but five of a kind has become genuinely unkind this season. They have been stifled by their own play and not-so-subtle changes in a league that has returned to tight checking and close quarters. Teams are intent on buckling down on defense and exploiting teams relying too much on skating alone.

“The message is there,” Ruff said after practice Tuesday. “You watched the playoffs. You saw how tight it got, and the scoring chances got fewer and fewer. Coaches are pretty good at looking at video and wondering what’s going on and [experimenting]. There is a little bit of a trend developing.”

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Danger Ahead For Buffalo

from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,

Thomas Vanek has yet to show signs that he can live up to his big payday, while second-year man Drew Stafford, who played so well in his rookie season, has been a disappointment as a sophomore.

When you add the depleted blue line missing regulars Teppo Numminen, Dimitri Kalinin and the previously rejuvenated Jaro Spacek, it’s evident that head coach Lindy Ruff hasn’t faced this level of trouble since the pre-lockout days – and those battles were fought with Drury and Briere.

much more on the NHL and one bit we covered yesterday…

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Sabres Take An Injury Hit

from WGR 550,

Plenty of veterans missed practice this morning at HSBC Arena. Adam Mair has an ankle injury that Lindy Ruff said would keep him out weeks. Tim Connolly has a strained oblique will be out for an undetermined amount of time. Ruff insisted that his injury has nothing to do with his head.

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Buffalo Backup Not Happy With His Play

from the Buffalo News,

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff absolved backup goalie Jocelyn Thibault of any blame on the Florida Panthers’ four goals Friday night. Thibault wasn’t as quick to pass the buck.

“When you haven’t played in a while, you don’t want to do anything fancy,” Thibault said after his second appearance of the season in relief of Ryan Miller ended in a 4-2 loss at HSBC Arena. “You want to play a solid game, an honest game. I have to find ways to win games. I don’t play a lot and I have to make a difference every time I play.”

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Trademarking the Ice Bowl

From Sharon Linstedt at The Buffalo News,

“It was 90 degrees and everybody was talking about the Ice Bowl,” Corsi recalled about the rumors that starting swirling in July that the Buffalo Sabres would play the Pittsburgh Penguins outdoors in Ralph Wilson Stadium on New Year’s Day.

“And nobody was calling it the NHL Winter Classic, it was Ice Bowl, Ice Bowl, Ice Bowl,” he said.

When many hours of Internet research turned up no evidence that anyone, including the National Hockey League and the Buffalo Sabres, had registered “Ice Bowl” as a protected trademark, Corsi phoned his lawyer and filled out a federal trademark application.

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A Different Year For The Sabres

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

The first 10 games have shown Buffalo’s flaws run deeper than the departures of the former co-captains, starting with these half-dozen:

1. Underachieving stars. Fair or not, Thomas Vanek is getting paid $10 million this season. He had five points, same as fourth-liner Daniel Paille, and 17 shots on goal entering the weekend. Maxim Afinogenov scored one goal for Buffalo, matching Leafs defenseman Bryan McCabe.

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Causing A Stir In Sabre Land

Check out the video at Sportsnet, then go to Sabres Edge for the story…

Update 4:33pm ET:

In case you’re having problems viewing the video at Sportsnet, the YouTube version is now included below:

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