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Vulgar Opinions: Jets @ Sabres (2-19-13) Stars and Black Holes (NSFW)

02/19/13

You know what, I’m glad they lost that game.

Because if they had pulled it out, I would have just rolled my fucking eyes.  So what do you do?

You either admit that you’re a bad team and start trying to address that (fire Lindy Ruff, acquire Ryan O’Reilly, start chopping deadweight)…or you try to “figure it out” in a way that doesn’t involve token bullshit like moving Patrick Kaleta up to a scoring line or taking Drew Stafford off the power play (which worked well I noticed).

Since the Sabres have a pretty good goalie, a defense that should at least be okay, a bunch of shitty forwards, and John Scott, I would think that it would serve them well to trap it up, try and suck the life out of every team and play dirty as hell knowing no one in their right mind is going to take on John Scott.  Or you know, fucking sit him.

Or you could fire the coach, trade for O’Reilly, enable Grigorenko and Gerbe to actually do something, play Ehrhoff, Pominville, and Vanek entire power plays, utilize zone starts, or any number of things that involve ACTUALLY CHANGING SOMETHING SIGNIFICANT.

Instead we get Kaleta on a scoring line, Drew Stafford off the powerplay (admittedly, he kind of made his own bed here), and TJ Brennan leading in powerplay icetime.  On that last note, I can’t help but wonder how many goals the Sabres would have scored if Ehrhoff got a few of the chances Brennan did.  Let’s eulogize this shitshow.

Stars:

  1. Jason Pominville – Thanks for not sucking.
  2. Ryan Miller – Who may have actually killed someone in the locker room.
  3. Tyler Myers – Projectile vomited his disaster all over everyone else.

Unsung Hero:

  • None.

Black Holes:

  1. Cody Hodgson – Look, I know Paul Hamilton wanted to blame Vanek for that first goal as well, but Vanek was the one barking in Hodgson’s ear to cover the guy in front of the goddamn net while he took away the reset to the point.  Hodgson instead chose to stand in the middle of nowhere and stare at the endboards.  Right now it’s pretty clear he’s sacrificing any semblance of defense for having better breakout opportunities.
  2. Nathan Gerbe - Completely fucking useless, but that’s basically what Lindy Ruff asks him to be.  Pick up the puck in the d-zone, skate it in, take a harmless shot from the blue line, force the goalie to hold the puck and change.  Repeat.
  3. Drew Stafford and Marcus Foligno – I can hardly tell the difference anymore.

Unseen Goat:

  • None.

Leaderboard:

Awarding +3, +2, +1, +1, and minus the same for the stars and black holes:

  1. Thomas Vanek (+26)
  2. Ryan Miller (+13)
  3. Jason Pominville (+12)
  4. Christian Ehrhoff (+9)
  5. Steve Ott (+4)
  6. Tyler Ennis (+1)
  7. Robyn Regehr (+1)
  8. Ville Leino (0)
  9. Mike Weber (-1)
  10. Cody McCormick (-1)
  11. T.J. Brennan (-1)
  12. Alexander Sulzer (-1)
  13. Andrej Sekera (-2)
  14. Mikhail Grigorenko (-3)
  15. John Scott (-3)
  16. Jhonas Enroth (-3)
  17. Jochen Hecht (-4)
  18. Patrick Kaleta (-4)
  19. Drew Stafford (-8)
  20. Jordan Leopold (-8)
  21. Nathan Gerbe (-9)
  22. Marcus Foligno (-9)
  23. Cody Hodgson (-11)
  24. Tyler Myers (-12)
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