Vulgar Opinions: Flyers @ Sabres (1-20-13) Stars and Black Holes
I used to do this piece over on my personal blog before I shut it down, and then again on Twitter, but that didn’t leave much room for discussion. So I’m bringing it here, the Criminally Vulgar Stars and Black Holes of the game! This year, I’m adding new wrinkles, the Unsung Hero, and the Unseen Goat. As always, first, second and third stars get players a +3, +2, and +1 respectively, and the black holes do the opposite. Unsung Hero and Unseen Goat will be +/- 1.
- Thomas Vanek – Two goals, three assists, five points, general force of nature? A ridiculous NINE shots on goal. I love it when it’s this easy. Oh yeah, he had 3 takeaways, 0 giveaways and logged 19:17. More of this Lindy.
- Cody Hodgson – I’m glad Hodgson finally got a goal for his effort. Trailing only Vanek with seven shots, he was a factor all afternoon. Add in his 11-9 record on faceoffs (more on these later), and you’ve got a solid, solid game.
- Jason Pominville – Lost in the above is Pominville’s dependable 3 assist outing that featured 4:03 of power play time and 2:35 of shorthanded time.
Steve Ott, Drew Stafford, and Tyler Ennis – Three players! I do what I want! What’s not to like here?
- Steve Ott just brings a different dynamic to the team. He hustles and it shows. I thought the backcheck by the Sabres forwards was real strong, and that is largely a product of Ott’s influence.
- Drew Stafford did a great job in dropping the gloves, and held his own in what I thought was mostly a draw, perhaps also a product of Ott’s influence.
- Tyler Ennis had an energetic game, and more importantly went 11-6 on faceoffs, a department this team has been lacking in for years. If he can be a top 6 guy AND win faceoffs, the Sabres will be in great shape.
- Tyler Myers – He looked lost at times, and then gets the game winning goal. What do you do? If the Sabres are to be elite, Myers needs to be a smarter and more complete player instead of succeeding because of his physical attributes.
- Andrej Sekera – Weak in his own end on the two Flyers goals, and yet a factor in holding an explosive Flyers team to just two goals. That’s how it goes with Sekera, he’ll make the occasional soft play, but he’s also uniquely suited to stick to some of the game’s best forwards.
- John Scott – Contributed nothing.
- Marcus Foligno – Foligno was just okay. I wonder if his early antics played a role in Stafford and not him going after Hartnell. Did he get warned by the officials? I would’ve liked to have seen a shot on goal out of him at least.
I’ll wait until we’re a few games in before I start posting a leaderboard. Enjoy.