An “embarrassing” performance last night in Toronto has produced no shortage of harsh words about the Buffalo Sabres.
The Buffalo Sabres looked like an American Hockey League team all game, unable to skate with the Toronto Maple Leafs (!) and incapable of mustering more than 10 harmless shots.
Buffalo was bad last year, but nothing quite like this. Their 52-point season was good (bad?) for dead last, putting them 14 behind the 29th place Florida Panthers, but they managed to hang in more games despite a lack of offence.
Then they lost two of their better NHL players in Ryan Miller and Christian Ehrhoff and are dressing a group of minor leaguers and kids on many nights. Other than [Josh] Gorges, Brian Gionta, Cody Hodgson, Matt Moulson, Tyler Myers and Drew Stafford, there’s simply not much there.
And this is how the Buffalo News led its game story:
There have been some horrible, downright despicable performances by the Sabres since they were founded in 1970. Pity anyone who watched one worse than Tuesday’s outing.
Buffalo’s 10th game of 2014-15 had folks looking to the calendar to see when this season will be over. Only 24 weeks and 72 games left!
You get the picture. And if, somehow, you still don’t, consider these stats:
— The Sabres have scored 10 goals in 10 games. Yep, that’s just one per game.
— They’ve already been shut out four times.
— They still haven’t scored on the power play, despite 56:51 of time with the man advantage.
— They’ve been out-shot by an average margin of 36.7 to 21.8.
Think coach Ted Nolan might be getting a little fed up? We’ll leave you with this, from Sabres practice this morning: