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SLY NOTES: MAY MUSINGS

Wednesday, 05.18.2011 / 1:38 PM
By Kevin Sylvester - Sabres "Hockey Hotline" Host / SLY NOTES
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SLY NOTES
SLY NOTES: MAY MUSINGS

-Why does everybody complain about the snow in Buffalo?  It’s the rain that’s killing us! A little sun would help coping with what could have been.

Sabres at Coyotes - Jan. 8, 2011 (Getty Images)
-Can we now call concussions an epidemic?  There didn’t seem to be a team in the postseason that didn’t have at least one player with an “upper body injury.”  Nobody wants hitting out of hockey, but all the cheap shots need to go.  It’s a fine line, but the league needs to find it. 

-Eric Lindros had an interesting opinion on why there seems to be an increase in concussions.  He said (forgive me for not remembering where I read this, but it was on the internet so it has to be true) the elimination of the red line has resulted in more speed, thus creating more force during the collisions.  Physics wasn’t my favorite subject (sorry Mr. Bissonnette), but it makes sense.

-San Jose vs. Detroit was one of the better Game 7s I can remember.  Those that follow me on Twitter (@kevsylvester) saw I had the score right, but the team wrong.

-I am writing this after the first game of “Lunch Puck” here at HSBC Arena.  I’m not sure I’ll be able to get up after writing this.  Our goalies, web-man Scott and video-man Mark, were excellent.  Everyone else, eh.

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-I’m on the fence about the green men in Vancouver.  I don’t think taunting players in the box as aggressively as they do is acceptable.  However, getting a reaction out of Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban was great.

-I guess I’m happy for fans in Phoenix that the Coyotes are staying.  There is interest there, a great building and a good team.  Now, if they could just move Jobing.com Arena 15 miles east… Actually, all Sabres fans should be behind the efforts to keep the team there.  It wasn’t that long ago that this team was bankrupt with an uncertain future. 

-The situation in Atlanta seems different.  All the stories are pointing to Winnipeg for the Thrashers next season.  IF that does happen (perhaps still wild speculation), re-alignment and scheduling should be fun.  That all probably wouldn’t happen for at least a year as teams and buildings are setting dates for games, concerts and other events now.

-With your permission, I will close on a personal note.  I love my job and enjoy all that comes with it.  That’s not to say it’s an easy schedule by any means.  The season is a grind and really tough on all the families involved with the Sabres and NHL.  We miss more birthdays, concerts, plays, events and special moments than we make.  I mention this because it makes me appreciate the events of last weekend more than I thought I would.   My son got his first hit in baseball in the very first at bat of his career, and my daughter made her first communion.  I was there for both, and to quote my son yelling from first base after his hit, "Wasn’t that awesome Dad!"  Yes it was. 

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82