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Stars and Black Holes: Red Wings @ Sabres: 11-24-13

11/25/13

You can certainly be sure, no other team wears jerseys that look like those that the Buffalo Sabres put on Sunday evening.  Oh sure, Nashville has their yellows, but they don’t quite have the effect of what essentially looks like a superhero outfit; garish yellow front, gray cuffs, and a navy blue cape.  They’re certainly better than the outdated trash that the Red Wings were wearing, jerseys that look so old you half expect them to vote for George Wallace and curse Abe Lincoln’s name.  No, the Sabres third jerseys are certainly trying, which is more than you can say for any of the original six franchises, and throw the Devils and Islanders in for good measure, whose decaying looks so well encapsulate rust belt failure and the ‘afraid of new things’ mindset of those in charge of the NHL.

To the hockey part of things, you expect an old-but-still-good team like Detroit to do exactly what they did to the Sabres.  They might have five players on their roster (Alfredsson, Datsyuk, Franzen, Weiss, and Zetterberg) better than any skater on the Sabres and that says nothing of their defense that, while somewhat unknown, keeps getting results.

Stars:

  1. Ryan Miller – Just Ryan Miller.
  2. Cody Hodgon - Showing those flashes that make you think he just might be competent.
  3. Drew Stafford - Showed up on the statsheet for once.

 

Unsung Hero:

  • None.

The Robert Wade Niedermayer Memorial Black Holes:

  1. Steve Ott / Ville Leino / Tyler Ennis / Tyler Myers - These players are, at the very least, supposed to look decent and dangerous every once in a while.
  2. None.
  3. None.

Unseen Goat:

  • None.

2013-2014 Leaderboard (+3, +2, +1, +2 for Stars and USH, minus the same for Black Holes and USG)

  1. Ryan Miller +26
  2. Marcus Foligno +12
  3. Jhonas Enroth +10
  4. Brian Flynn +7
  5. Mark Pysyk +6
  6. Zemgus Girgensons +4
  7. Nikita Zadorov +3
  8. Mikhail Grigorenko +3
  9. Christian Ehrhoff +2
  10. Rasmus Ristolainen +1
  11. Corey Tropp +1
  12. Jamie McBain
  13. Matt Moulson -1
  14. Johan Larsson -2
  15. Patrick Kaleta -2
  16. Cody McCormick -3
  17. John Scott -3
  18. Kevin Porter -5
  19. Ville Leino -8
  20. Henrik Tallinder -8
  21. Steve Ott -9
  22. Cody Hodgson -14
  23. Tyler Myers -16
  24. Mike Weber -17
  25. Tyler Ennis -25
  26. Drew Stafford -35
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