The Sabres Observer
by @DaveDavisHockey on 12/11/11 at 12:26 PM ET
Forgive me, Sabres fans and Ryan Miller antagonists, for giving Buffalo’s skaters a pass for last night’s ugly 4-1 home loss to the Rangers. It’s simple to say you need to score more than one goal on backup goaltender Martin Biron, but there’s more to the story than that.
The Sabres this weekend were involved in a pair of ugly, boring defensive hockey games at home. As far as I’m concerned, that in itself is a good thing. Trying to put on a show for the home fans wasn’t working. At the risk of coming off as too simplistic, I like the idea of playing road-style hockey when you’ve been winning most of your games that way.
That’s a potentially elite Rangers club that was in town last night. And for almost two periods, the Sabres were right there in a tight-checking battle with them. But the funny thing about playing sound, defensive hockey is that it works much better when your goaltender doesn’t let in three softies.
His numbers, as Jhonas Enroth was so quick to point out in the postgame scrum, are in his own words “still pretty solid”. I’m no goalie coach, but maybe that time scanning his own stats would be better used thinking about how to adjust to a league that’s quickly figured out that it’s best to shoot high on him.
Enroth is looking much better right now as a backup goaltender than as a guy who can carry the workload for a lot of games. As has been stated here before, this group of Buffalo Sabres can’t win a Stanley Cup without a healthy Ryan Miller playing at or near the top of his game.
It’s time to get the franchise goalie back on track. Buffalo only has five games to play in the next fifteen days. As far as I’m concerned, Miller should be on the schedule to get the start in all of them.
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Dave Davis has covered the Buffalo Sabres for various NHL accredited websites and newspapers since 2003. He was the senior writer and Sabres correspondent for The Fourth Period, covered hockey for Western New York Sports and Leisure Magazine, and has had articles featured on NHL.com, FOX Sports, Yahoo Sports and in New York Sportscene. Sabres news and notes can be found on his Twitter page.
Davis originally garnered media attention in 2002 as leader of a lobbying campaign working in unison with potential buyer Mark Hamister attempting to secure state financing to keep the Sabres in Buffalo. In 2004, Davis was briefly back on the airwaves - this time reaching the finals of the inaugural "WGR Rookie" sports talk competition. After a few years of "syndicating" his articles on various sites, along with doing some internet radio work, Davis now devotes his new media efforts to bringing quality Sabres related opinions and content to Kukla's Korner.
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