The Buffalo Sabres cleaned house after their abysmal start to the season. Of course I don’t know what else they were expecting. Their roster is devoid of talent. They have a great goalie who is now past his primer in Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek and that’s it. Vanek is now gone and one would assume Miller would be too. While GM Darcy Regier definitely deserved to go I’m not sure sacking Ron Rolston was the best move especially when they just replaced him with former coach Ted Nolan. While Nolan didn’t leave on the best of terms, not necessarily his fault, revisiting the past isn’t really the best direction to go. I do like the Pat Lafontaine hiring as President of Hockey Operations though. Star players rarely make good coaches in any sport but they usually do a good job in upper management. Unless of course you’re Michael Jordan. At the very least it brings back respectability to the organization but the rebuilding process will take some time. Making matters worse is they play in a competitive and hockey tradition rich division where the Sabres and Panthers are the whipping boys. But the Sabres need to see what they have in their former 1st round picks, like Joel Armia and Zemgus Girgensons, and play them a lot the rest of the way.

Things I like

1. Martin Brodeur, he of his 41 years of age, has still got it. He’s on a four game winning streak with two shutouts in the first two games and an overall SV% of .970 during the streak. Even better though is that the Devils are actually scoring. They have not scored less than three goals in any of the wins (15 goals in 4 games). Cory Schneider has also played well but seems to only start, in the other games during the streak, where the Devils don’t score (1 goal in 2 games (1 goal in 2 games). Poor Schneider.

2. Patrick Roy continued doing things differently by leaving the goalie pulled with a face-off in his own zone down a goal against the Hurricanes. They didn’t end up winning but it makes more sense to leave the goalie pulled. It gives your team confidence from your coach, and more of a reason, to win the face-off and makes it easier to get an odd man rush going in the other direction.

3. The Los Angeles Kings have been playing really good hockey as of late. They are 5-0-1 in their last 6 games. During that span against the Islanders they scored three goals in the 3rd period to comeback and win the game 3-2. They lost goalie Jonathan Quick too but Ben Scrivens has filled in nicely picking up two shutouts in his last two appearances. The Kings are definitely a deep team to fear in a tough Pacific division.

Things I don’t

1. The Anaheim Ducks are phenomenal at home but on the road not so much. Their long roadtrip to the Northeast was not too bad going 5-2-1. Their last roadtrip to the Southeast was forgettable going 0-2-1. They started off well against the Panthers but then gave that game away. They were then crushed by the Lighting but they bounced back to nab a point against the Hurricanes. The lesson of this roadtrip is that long travels to humid places don’t go well for top Western teams. On the plus side they won’t have to go back there this year.

2. I wish Steven Stamkos all the best in his recovery from his fluky injury. Any player getting injured is bad but it’s especially tough losing a great player in his prime. There is no timetable for his return but it looks highly unlikely he will make the Olympic trip for Canada after getting snubbed by them four years ago. Everyone excepts him back this season though. I would imagine a March return seems most realistic. It will be interesting to see how the Lightning fare during his absence.

Ryan Miller Watch

With a regime in Buffalo it is almost assured that Miller will have a new home soon. Pat LaFontaine said he would be willing to move him. Of course sometimes higher ups say a coach has nothing to worry about and then sacks him a few days later. So one never knows. But for the right offer, rest assured, Miller will be gone.

Fights of the Week

Special thanks to hockeyfights.com for making this section a little easier to do.

Luke Gazdic vs Brian McGrattan

A couple of heavyweights go at it in a decent fight.

Eric Nystrom vs Tanner Glass

Another good fight with a knockout at the end.

Cody McLeod vs Ryan Reaves

If you enjoy a good one sided beat down this is your fight.

Goat of the Week

Lee Stempniak – Calgary Flames

Down by one with about a minute and the goalie pulled, Stempniak swings and misses at the puck but for some reason swings again in the opposite direction and knocks it in his own net. I realize David Perron was in the area but you can only swing in one direction to knock it away because the other direction knocks it into your own net. I’m sure he was just trying to prevent Perron from scoring but I don’t think Perron would have connected and scored.

Unfortunately NHL.com, for some strange reason, doesn’t have the clip of the 4th Oilers goal in the game so no clip for you.

Stat Line of the Week

11/14/13 Dallas 7 vs. Calgary 3

Skater

TOI

G

A

+/-

SOG

PIM

Hits

T. Seguin

14:39

4

1

3

6

0

0

It was the Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn show in Calgary. Seguin had four goals and an assist and Benn had a goal and five assists. One or both of them figured into every Stars goal except one. Seguin now has 22 points in 19 games. Which for now nets him an over a point pr game average, something he has never had at season’s end. At only 21, rest assured the Bruins will be kicking themselves for a long time about letting him go.

Numbers, Numbers

0 – Regulation losses at home for the Coyotes
0 – Regulation losses at home for the Ducks
3 – Losses in the last 3 games for the Avalanche more than they had in their first 16 games
3 – Shutouts for Ben Scrivens to lead the league, not bad for a guy who has only played in 8 games so far

This Week in Hockey History

Special thanks to the Hockey Hall of Fame site for making this section a little easier to do.

November 11, 1998 Steve Yzerman had a goal and an assist to give him 1,426 career points, moving him past Bryan Trottier for 10th place on the NHL career point list as Detroit won 6-2 against the visiting St. Louis Blues.

November 12, 1989 Dave Andreychuk scored with one second remaining in the game to give the Sabres a 6-5 win over Edmonton. The win extended their unbeaten streak to eight games, and gave the Sabres a home record of 8-0-1 (with 7 straight wins) to start the season.

November 13, 1938 Chicago’s Johnny Gottselig scored his second (and final) career hat trick in the Black Hawks’ 4-3 win against the visiting Montreal Canadiens.

November 14, 1974 Montreal rookie Mario Tremblay played in his first career NHL game, a 4-1 Canadiens’ win at Boston.

November 15, 1945 Goaltender Bill Durnan recorded his 4th career shutout, and Murph Chamberlain and Jimmy Peters each had a goal and an assist as the Canadiens won 2-0 over the Rangers, at the Forum.

November 16, 1990 Brian Leetch had five assists, to tie the Rangers’ team record for defensemen, and Darren Turcotte scored twice in :31 to lead the Rangers to a 6-4 win against the Jets, at Winnipeg.

November 17, 1974 Rangers rookie Rick Middleton set a team rookie record with five points in a 10-0 win over the Oakland Seals. Middleton had four goals (his 1st career hat trick) along with an assist. Gilles Villemure recorded his 12th career shutout.

Rankings

The rankings are based on how the teams are currently playing.

Top 5
1. Phoenix
2. St. Louis
3. Minnesota
4. Los Angeles
5. Chicago

Bottom 5
30. Florida
29. Buffalo
28. Columbus
27. Edmonton
26. Calgary

Alex Mueller

Author: Alex Mueller

Alex Mueller graduated from Temple University with a minor in journalism over a decade ago. He’s been writing about NHL hockey, on and off, since the Fall of 2009. He’s written for Pucking Awesome, the Checking Line and now Hockey Recaps. He played goalie at San Diego Ice Arena. His first novel, Bobby Sterling vs Truth, is available on Amazon now.

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The Buffalo Sabres cleaned house after their abysmal start to the season. Of course I don't know what else they were expecting. Their roster is devoid of talent. They have a great goalie who is now past his primer in Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek and that's it. Vanek...