Local author Adam DeRose had a lot of wish list items for his beloved Buffalo Sabres – did the team step up, or fall flat? He shares the results!
Well, between Christmas and Hanukkah, I asked for a lot of presents; 11 to be exact. Since Xmas and Hanukkah are over, it’s time to review my haul and see what I got and didn’t get!
In a roundabout way, I will regurgitate both holiday wish lists again.
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Since Christmas came first, I’ll Start with My Dear Santa list.
Buffalo is in search of a new Head Coach, though it’s not the Sabres that are currently in search for one. Maybe I didn’t make it clear enough in my original crayon written list to Santa that I wanted a new coach for the Sabres…though a new coach for the Bills isn’t a bad gift.
Goaltending has seemed slightly better (if we ignore the whole Sabres 5-1 loss against the Islanders), but Lehner has still been good for a softy or two. Maybe the team in front of him played a bit better.
I’ve seen slightly more body checks being thrown, which is better than none. Things helped a lot when Nick Deslauriers came back to the lineup. And who could ignore William Carrier’s hit on David Backes during that Bruins game in Buffalo?!
Long story short, I give Santa a B+ grade. Hopefully the old fat man can do better next year…
I asked for the goal lamp to be lit 8 times, the Sabres only lit it up 7 times. I guess beggars can’t be choosers.
I would say that the Sabres seemed to have played more motivated lately. There have been more body checks, goals, and fights!
The Sabres came through with a win in the Motor City, which was great! Any win against an Original 6 team is a wonderful thing, especially because their fans think they are elite or a part of a special short bus club.
The Sabres couldn’t string together more than a 1 game winning streak: epic fail!
We got swept by Boston in back-to-back games: another epic fail!