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A Win May Be Hard To Come By For The Buffalo Sabres

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

You can't help but stare and gape at what's coming up for the Sabres. It's nine games without a win and counting, as the slide hit 0-7-2 with Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Five straight games giving up five goals. Four of them ending in 5-2 scores.

On Thursday, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Joe Starkey called them "the horrifying Sabres."  A headline on a story about Tuesday's game by Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer pegged them "the woeful Sabres."...

The schedule is jarring. The Penguins Thursday and again Saturday. The Capitals. The Devils (better win that one). Two straight against the Bruins. Another trip to Madison Square Garden to meet the Rangers. Two more in Pittsburgh. A stop in Boston. Two at home against Philadelphia.

Holy moly. With apologies to Lindy Ruff, if the Sabres don't win Tuesday night in New Jersey, how many losses in a row can a coach survive?

"This is as big a test as we could possibly get," the embattled Krueger said. "And are we improving through this pain? (My reaction: No). That's what you as a leader in my position are believing in that there is growth, and that there is opportunity out of this.

"That doesn't help our fans, certainly in pain and can't be pleased with the results. The opposition that come back at us, the majority of them have won Stanley Cups in the last decade, and they know how to play the game."

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“The opposition that come back at us, the majority of them have won Stanley Cups in the last decade, and they know how to play the game.”

Maybe this is a bit of English as a second language but it sounds damning.

The Sabres haven’t added anyone over the years who knows how to win?
The team as a whole doesn’t know how to play?

Posted by lefty.30 on 03/12/21 at 11:22 AM ET

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“The opposition that come back at us, the majority of them have won Stanley Cups in the last decade, and they know how to play the game.”

Pretty much every NHL team has to deal with that. Teams who won Stanley Cups ten years ago are far different then they were then. Buffalo, given the amount of assets they’ve stockpiled, should at least be able to compete against them. There are plenty of teams who have done more with less.

The measuring stick is not whether or not Buffalo wins night in and night out against the top tier teams. It’s about how well they play against elite competition and how many Ws they rack up against the other teams. Buffalo is failing in every measurable.

Posted by evileye on 03/15/21 at 02:39 PM ET

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