January 28, 2014

Dobber Sports


The Buffalo Sabres remembered they were the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night. After a big 5-2 win on Saturday against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Sabres were shutout 3-0 by the Pittsburgh Penguins. 


Ryan Miller had a strong night and at least gave them a fighting chance, but with no goal support it was not to be. Does he get dealt before the deadline? And if so, where? Looking at the teams in the playoff hunt, it’s hard to find too many that are in the market for a No. 1 goalie. Minnesota perhaps? Philadelphia? Hard to imagine Miller leaving unless it’s to a spot that’s in a much better place going forward than the Sabres.


Matt Moulson isn’t exactly helping his trade value at the moment. He has now gone four games without a point. 


Zemgus Girgensons has come back down to earth a bit after a nice run at the end of December. Actually, he’s crashed back down to it. He’s now gone 13 straight without a point and hasn’t managed a shot in two games. Girgensons ice-time has dropped significantly and he has been getting around 15 minutes over the last couple weeks. Although he had six hits against the Pens, so that’s something. Small victories.




Marc-Andre Fleury picked up his fourth shutout of the year Monday. His career high is only five. I still say he should have been the third goalie for Team Canada, but sadly his play in last year’s post-season will haunt him for the rest of his career.


Water is wet, and Chris Kunitz scored again for the Pens.


Matt Niskanen has now gone two straight without a point, after scoring nine points in his last six. His three shots in two games are concerning, but not as much as the fact he played just 18 seconds on the power play against Buffalo. 


The Staals combined for three third period goals to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.


Eric had a pair and now has nine points in his last six, including three multi-point contests. He’s quietly putting together a tremendous season that has seen him have just two games without a shot on net. That’s some consistency. Staal is really starting to click with Jiri Tlusty, as 14 of his 44 points on the year have come while playing with Tlusty. 


Anton Khudobin allowed two goals before the three-minute mark, but settled down to finish with 22 stops. He’s 11-3 now, winning four straight starts.


Andrej Sekera saw his three-