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SLY NOTES: HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Wednesday, 10.27.2010 / 3:29 PM / Blogs - Kevin Sylvester
By Kevin Sylvester  - Sabres "Hockey Hotline" Host
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SLY NOTES: HAPPY HALLOWEEN
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-There was a lot to like and a lot to hate about Tuesday night’s loss in Philly.  I liked the start of the game, but hated the lack of follow through.  I liked the Sabres grabbing the lead on the power play, but hated seeing the Flyers take it away with the man advantage.  I liked seeing Tyler Myers and Steve Montador scoring goals, but I hated that they were making up for mistakes that costs goals.  I liked how the Sabres got the puck to the net, but hated how tight things were in front to convert.  I liked how Thomas Vanek caught a break with a puck bouncing off his leg, but hated the break Claude Giroux got on the face off in the 2nd period.  I could go on, but you get the point.  Imagine what it must be like for Lindy Ruff and his staff, so many things to like and so many to hate.  I’m sure it’s that way during a win too.

-The good news is the Sabres are only 2 points back of Philly for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.  The bad news is the Flyers have a game in hand. 

-Stop crafting the email or FB post; I know that last note is ridiculous.  If you didn’t read it that way, step outside, breath in deeply, and look at all the pumpkins.  It’s not a real problem now, but if the standings are this way when we’re looking at bunny decorations instead of pumpkins, then it’ll be time to worry.

-It’s surprising and perhaps stunning that the Sabres are winless on home ice. There are two others that have also failed to the give the home crowd a win, New Jersey and San Jose.  The Devils are also 0-4-1, while San Jose is 0-2-1 on home ice.  The Sabres and Devils beat each other on the road.  If those victories were reversed (Sabres win at home 1-0 in OT, but lose in New Jersey), would fans in each city feel better? 

- IT’S EARLY, but if you look at the top 8 in each conference, there are eight teams that missed the playoffs last year in the picture now, four in each conference.  In the East, Toronto, Tampa Bay, NY Islanders, and NY Rangers have had nice starts.  Out West, Calgary, Columbus, St. Louis, and Dallas are feeling good right now.  We’ll have to wait and see if it continues. 

-I’m glad that the league is enforcing the rules on headshots and doling out fines for predatory hits.  The players are the games best assets, and time away from the ice hurts everybody.  However, I now look at every hit delivered during a game differently and wonder whether it was “clean” or not, and it’s taken some of the enjoyment out of the good ones.

-If you see me trick or treating with my kids Sunday night, throw and extra Snickers in the bag for me.  They’re still working on sharing. 

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STANDINGS

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