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No official report from the Sabres on the injury.
This looks like one instance where the shield did not help.
added 11:25pm, reports state Gerbe was cut from his nose down to his upper lip.
The Buffalo Sabres’ lack of sympathy for the misfortunes of the free falling Ottawa Senators should be in full display tonight at Scotiabank Place.
The streaking Sabres need every point they can get, and if that means figuratively kicking their already wounded division rival in the stomach on their way out the door towards the All-Star break, then so be it.
In their last 12 games, the Sabres are 8-3-1 while the Sens are 1-8-3. Ottawa will start Brian Elliott, who is winless in his last 10 starts, in goal tonight.
Still, it’s not like the Sabres don’t have issues of their own. They need to win this one just to get within four points of eighth place. The defense is still shaky. To be honest, not a whole lot of fans and media here are taking the streak too seriously.
After getting 9 out of 12 possible points in their last 6 games, and with Ryan Miller finding his groove again, you had to think maybe the Sabres were starting to get their swagger back. What better time to take on a powerhouse red-hot Stanley Cup contender on an 11-game winning streak to see where you’re at?
As it turned out, the Pittsburgh Penguins came into HSBC Arena last night and gave a lesson on what separates the big boys from the lesser teams like Buffalo. The Sabres came through with a pretty strong effort against a truly elite team. They showed some heart and, for the first two periods anyway, went at the Pens pretty hard.
But it still wasn’t good enough as Pittsburgh never trailed and scored a 5-2 win. While Sabres big guns Derek Roy and Thomas Vanek were whiffing on their scoring chances, Pens lesser-knowns like Arron Asham and Mike Rupp were cashing in on theirs.
For all of the positives that you can come up with about Buffalo’s recent streak, last night confirmed a disheartening truth about this group. The Sabres fall way short when matched up against quality teams. They’re now 2-12-1 against clubs that are seeded in the top 6 in either conference.
There’s a fine line between winning and losing in the salary cap era, but some statistics can show how slanted that line can be.
Here’s one for Sabres fans to ponder: Buffalo’s 3-2 overtime loss to Boston last night continued a disturbing trend. Since March 12, if you disregard last minute empty netters, the Sabres have been in 31 games (including playoffs) that have in effect been decided by one goal.
Buffalo has only managed to win 5 of those 31 games in regulation or overtime. This is not the stuff contenders are made of.
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It’s time for coach Lindy Ruff to put this Nathan Gerbe-on-the-top-line thing to sleep. A team that needs every point it can get just to make the playoffs shouldn’t be dragging down its top line with a guy who has 2 goals in 38 career NHL games.
In the 3 games since this awful idea came to fruition, linemates Thomas Vanek and Derek Roy have combined for one goal and zero assists at even strength. Tyler Ennis was a better and more dangerous player than Gerbe a week ago, and we can now confirm that this hasn’t changed.
You might think Sabres coach Lindy Ruff would have to be desperate to put a pair of struggling youngsters on the top two forward lines. Well, his 25th ranked offense is averaging a paltry 2.4 goals per game. It’s hard to blame him for feeling a little antsy.
Enter Nathan Gerbe and Luke Adam, who are getting premium billing despite tallying only 4 assists in 20 total games between them this season.
Buffalo idly slid down the ladder during its five day break which ends tonight at home against Columbus, and the Sabres suddenly find themselves eight points behind eighth place Atlanta. The gap is measurable now, and this team has a lot of work to do.
For his part, Ruff is rolling out a new look lineup trying to kick-start his offense.
If you think the Sabres aren’t scoring enough goals, well, don’t blame the defense. Buffalo’s blueliners have racked up 13 goals in 19 games. Tonight’s opponent, the high flying Washington Capitals, ‘only’ have 12 from their defensemen.
Sure, the offensive contributions of Jordan Leopold, Steve Montador (yep, really) and Tyler Myers have been a tonic for this team as it tries to climb out of its self-dug hole. Buffalo has gone to overtime in five straight games and has earned 9 of 10 possible points. But let’s not kid ourselves - the Sabres will have to cut down on mistakes in their own zone if they’re serious about being contenders again.
from George Dohrmann at Sports Illustrated,
The cultivation of Nathan Gerbe as a hockey prodigy included some stock elements. There was the frozen pond, of course, on his family’s wooded property in Oxford, Mich. There were the two older brothers who taught him how to skate and pushed him until he became the most competitive and resourceful young player anyone had ever met. And there was the demanding father whose training methods seemed excessive—the early morning runs at the high school track, for example—but were vindicated as the greatness emerged in the youngest of his six children.
It is not an original narrative, save for this detail: Gerbe, a junior forward for Boston College, stopped growing when he was around 14. Judging by his physique, the 5’ 5”, 165-pound Gerbe has no business playing Division I hockey, let alone dominating it as he did last week at the Frozen Four in Denver.