Buffalo left Montreal with a 3-1 win over the Canadiens however that game could be described as a steal. The team managed only three shots in the first period and seemed to be constantly under fire from a pressing Habs team. If not for the stout play between the pipes of Ryan Miller
, the outcome could have been a different story.
I thought we skated well at practice this morning and for whatever reason we didn’t skate well last night so hopefully we can push through it and get back to game speed we were at the previous games. - Head Coach Lindy Ruff
Goaltending has been the major reason why the Sabres are sitting at 4-1-0 through five games. In their four wins, Buffalo netminders have surrendered an average of 1.5 goals per game. Last night the Sabres allowed 41 shots to get through to Miller who turned all but one away, making a number of key saves late in the game that gave the Sabres an opportunity to win the game.
Prior to boarding a plane for Florida, the Sabres took to the ice at Montreal’s practice facility. Head coach Lindy Ruff drove his team hard in the morning session after last night’s flat performance in the first period.
“I thought we skated well at practice this morning and for whatever reason we didn’t skate well last night so hopefully we can push through it and get back to game speed we were at the previous games”
The one change that did stand out at practice today was the lines as Ruff paired the lines back up from last nights’ game. Luke Adam
continued to center the line between Jason Pominville
and Thomas Vanek
, while Derek Roy
centered Drew Stafford
and Tyler Ennis
. The line of Paul Gaustad
, Patrick Kaleta
and Nathan Gerbe
returned and Cody McCormick
was flanked with Ville Leino
and Brad Boyes
Since signing a six year deal with the Sabres, winger-turned-center Leino has struggled to mesh with the system, however Ruff knows this won’t be for vary long.
“I think there is a little frustration but it takes time to fit in. It takes time to find the right guys to play with. We’re trying to hang in their and develop a little bit of chemistry, but it may take 20-30 games, it may take longer. But it does not surprise at all that a new guy coming in struggles a little bit with the guys he’s playing with
The Sabres play in Florida tomorrow night before heading to Tampa to cap off this four game road trip.