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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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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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Winter Classic News

imageThe Sabres announced today that more tickets will be made available:

Larry Quinn, Managing Partner of the Buffalo Sabres today announced the organization has secured 4,500 obstructed-view seats from the NHL for the AMP Energy NHL Winter Classic that will be sold for $10 each through a random selection process at Sabres.com.

Also, info on the retro jerseys to be worn at the game:

Buffalo will wear the white version of the jersey worn by the club from 1978-79 through 1995-96, which features the familiar circular logo of the charging buffalo over crossed sabers. Pittsburgh will return to the powder blue version worn from 1968-69 through 1972-73.  This marks the first time the Penguins will wear powder blue since switching to black and gold in 1980.

 

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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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