In a crucial divisional game, the Sabres found a way to overcome a classic Auston Matthews performance to win 6-4. It’s an incredibly big win; let’s get to three thoughts.
This is the offence we got used to last year from the Sabres. A short-handed goal courtesy of Tage Thompson. A power play snipe from JJ Peterka. A garbage cleaner from Jordan Greenway. This Sabres team scored in every way possible, and I love it. Going forward, I just want to see some consistency from this group. This kind of performance should be the standard.
Now, to the negative. Three of tonight’s goals were somewhat preventable, including two of Matthews three tallies. There has to be a focus on keeping the oppositions’ chances to the outside. A consistent problem I’m starting to see is a lack of gaping up in the slot area. There were plenty of chances at the top of the circles as well, something that can be prevented by a little bit of aggressive defence and good backchecking.
Second Line Stars
The Greenway-Mittelstadt-Peterka line was on fire tonight. They were relentless on the forecheck, responsible on the breakout, and had two goals together. All three of these players have blown me away with their performances so far this season. Especially Mittelstadt, who was an absolute liability in past seasons. Now he’s near the top of the league in even strength points. Just shocked at his development.
Buffalo gets a needed three day break before facing a tough Carolina team on November 7th. For now, they can soak in this win and prepare for the next stretch.