I have a confession to make: I missed most of the Sabres game last night.
It was an odd combination of illness and sleep deprivation that forced me to pass out for extended periods of time during last night’s game, which has robbed me of most opinions on the outcome. I saw the last ten minutes and the inevitable power play goal, but much of the first two periods are a blur at the moment.
Later on today I will remedy those blurs by watching the game again. Somehow I managed to tape most of it, and what’s left of my thoughts will become a post later on. However, I’ve been thinking a lot today about what happened last Friday.
When I look back on what I wrote that day about the area and the Sabres, I’m surprised by a few things I said. To be honest those two posts are probably some of the best I’ve ever written, but the situation we were in at the time is certainly a factor in their quality. Rather, what surprises me is that I knew what would happen that night. Let’s face it, the set up I gave the game was pretty spot on, and I wasn’t alone in thinking the Sabres would come out like that.
This isn’t meant to be a pat on the back, either. I think we all knew what would happen with this team on Friday, just like many of us thought they would lay an egg on Sunday against Carolina. I’ve never been as confident about a game as I was on Friday night, otherwise I would have never written like that. Kevin at BfloBlog even asked after the Hurricanes game if the Sabres are “completely predictable“, and in a way I think they are.
So what does this mean? I mean, none of us are claiming to be experts about hockey or this particular Sabres team; but the fact that we can feel a so called “clunker” coming is at the very least alarming. A predictable team means a team with a lot of bad habits, and I’m pretty sure we saw another one last night.
Again, we could be wrong about all this. Or maybe we’ve just been lucky when it comes to guessing what happens next for this team. Still, we’re looking at a gigantic Saturday night tomorrow, and what’s lingering in the back of my mind about this game isn’t all that encouraging.
So Kevin asked and I will ask again: are the Sabres predictable?