SLY NOTES: HAPPY HALLOWEEN
Wednesday, 10.27.2010 / 3:29 PM ET / Blogs - Kevin Sylvester
By Kevin Sylvester - Sabres "Hockey Hotline" Host
-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.