Ramblings: Same Old Sabres, An Avalanche of Shots, Barrie Piling on Points, Drysdale Debut (Mar 19)

Ian Gooding

2021-03-19

There was some concern that the Boston/Buffalo game would be postponed after both teams cancelled their morning skates due to COVID protocol, but they ended up playing anyway. Even with vaccinations increasing by the day and many arenas welcoming fans back in limited capacities, this near-miss serves as a reminder we are still very much in a pandemic. With that, you might still have some unexpected lineup maneuvering.

The coaching debut of interim coach Don Granato didn't provide the wanted results for the Sabres, who fell 4-1 to the Bruins. Buffalo is now winless in 13 games and counting. But hey, Kyle Okposo scored his first goal of the season, which happened to be shorthanded. He's "kind of" heating up, with four points in his last six games. This after just one point (an assist) over his first 18 games. Jeff Skinner isn't the only Sabre with a bad contract on the books.

Speaking of which, Skinner was held without a point in nearly 14 minutes of icetime in this game. Skinner, the player of most interest to be impacted by a Sabres coaching change, skated on a line with Curtis Lazar and Casey Mittelstadt in this game. Meet the new boss – same as the old boss? At least we can't have that discussion as to whether Skinner should be playing with Jack Eichel because there is no Jack Eichel at the moment.

Fantasy Take: Sabres Fire Ralph Krueger

David Krejci led the Bruins in scoring in their win with three assists. The veteran pivot has just one goal (but 15 assists) in 24 games. Although his goal scoring is way down, his point pace is similar to last year's.

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