Another couple of things to get you through the late hours. I’m still working on a midseason report, so look for that tomorrow along with a Blackhawks preview and a little game we are making up on our own.
– I’ve decided that I need to watch more hockey, so I started last night with the Detroit/Dallas game on Versus. We play the Stars this week, and I figured watching the Wings dismantle a bad team would make me feel better about the Sabres’ play on Saturday. Thing is, the Stars played a heck of a game, eventually knocking off the Red Wings in overtime.
It was actually pretty frustrating because they played the perfect style of hockey to beat Detroit. They forechecked like crazy and relied on a few chances taken by the defenseman to cash in. Both goalies played great, but it took a starter bringing his “A” game and a full team effort to take down the Stanley Cup Champions. If a team like Dallas can do it with all their injuries and problems, why can’t the Sabres?
The good news is that we’re one of the first hits when you Google search “Valedictorian of Awesome“, so I guess everything’s not lost.
– A few days ago Side of Pork mentioned that the Sabres’ schedule doesn’t list local TV channels for the West Coast road trip coming up. If the January 27,28,31 and February 2 game isn’t on local TV I would be really surprised, but just in case my friend Dave found us a good place to find them. I’m not saying, I’m just saying.
– ESPN is already starting with the “Braketology”? Really? That’s like saying Tim Tebow is one of the greatest football players of all time. Oh, I see what you mean.
– Miller had an interesting quote from the Sabres’ site.
“It’s kind of like a golf swing. That’s how I try to explain things to people. You go to the range and you’re thinking about six different things: Where is the weight on this foot, back hinge, the elbow, all this stuff. Goaltending is a lot like that. My stance, my hand positioning, where I am in the crease, how much I challenge, my glove side not being too low or too high, trying to get dialed in. The last few games I’ve felt good… I’m starting to feel more like where I think I need to be.”
I’ve never heard goaltending described like that, but it does make a lot of sense. There are so many things that can go wrong for a goalie, and what may look to us as bad positioning may just be a glove an inch too high. It’s good to hear that Miller is confident in what he’s doing now to talk about it, because we need him to round into shape for the playoff run. Mike Harrington says Lalime gets the start tomorrow, but this road trip will be a busy one for #30.
– I’m debating how to handle the playoff push this year. I’m guessing we take each day and recap what the teams close to us did the night before, as well as keep the standings on the sidebar somehow. Does anyone have any requests or suggestions on how to handle it differently?