Sabres in free fall

Well, at least the Buffalo Sabres didn’t get shutout again. After suffering a 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers though, the Sabres are 6-11-3 this season. They weren’t favorites to make the playoffs going into the 2020-21 campaign, but they were expected to be competitive, especially after signing Taylor Hall. However, Hall was minus-two on Tuesday as he continues his lackluster campaign. He has a goal and 12 points in 20 contests. At this rate, the Sabres might finish with the worst record in the league.

At least the Sabres can likely trade Hall before the deadline. Even though he hasn’t been effective this season, I’m sure there will be playoff bound teams eager to add him and willing to give up prospect or pick of note to take on the remainder of that one-year deal. But what will the Sabres do beyond that? This is the sixth season of the Jack Eichel era and they seem no closer to making the playoffs then when they first took him with the second overall pick.

Fueled by the Sabres’ struggles, there’s been rumors that even Eichel might be dealt. I personally don’t see how that makes much sense. While Eichel is having a down season by his standards, he’s still a great player to build the team around. He’s 24-years-old and locked up through 2025-26. Unless Eichel demands a trade or a team blows the Sabres away with an offer, an Eichel trade isn’t likely to help Buffalo in the short or long-term.

That said, it’s understandable why people are thinking about extreme solutions to the Sabres problem. Clearly something needs to be done and small measures aren’t likely to cut it at this point.

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NY ISLANDERS 2 NEW JERSEY 1

Anders Lee scored the game-winning goal. It was his 10th goal and 15th point in 22 contests.

Oliver Wahlstrom also found the back of the net for the Islanders. That gives him four goals and eight points in 15 games.

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The Devils’ lone goal was scored by Miles Wood. He’s up to seven goals and 11 points in 18 contests.

Aaron Dell stopped 18 of 20 Islanders shots. Both of the Islanders’ goals were scored when they were shorthanded.

Semyon Varlamov turned aside 28 of 29 shots Tuesday night. He’s won three of his last four starts.

NY RANGERS 3 BUFFALO 2

Carter Hutton kicked out 16 of 19 Rangers shots. He allowed two goals on nine shots in the first period.

Tobias Rieder found the back of the net for Buffalo. He has four goals and points in 18 contests.

Chris Kreider netted the game-winning goal. He’s up to 10 goals and 12 points in 20 games.

Pavel Buchnevich contributed a goal and an assist for the Rangers. That gives him six goals and 15 points in 20 games.

Igor Shesterkin turned aside 22 of 24 shots last night. He improved to 5-7-1 with a 2.40 GAA and .917 save percentage in 14 contests.

PITTSBURGH 5 PHILADELPHIA 2

Bryan Rust scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist. That gives him seven goals and 17 points in 21 contests this season.

Kasperi Kapanen scored twice for the Penguins. He’s up to five goals and 12 points in 18 games.

Tristan Jarry saved 40 of 42 Flyers shots. Philadelphia outshot Pittsburgh 16-8 in the third period, but Jarry held them to a single goal over that frame.

Both of the Flyers goals were scored by Joel Farabee. That gives him 10 goals and 19 points in 19 contests.

Carter Hart turned aside 22 of 27 shots on Tuesday. He was beaten three times on 14 shots in the second period.

COLUMBUS 4 DETROIT 1

The Red Wings’ lone goal was scored by Anthony Mantha. He has six goals and 10 points in 24 contests.

Jonathan Bernier stopped 23 of 27 shots through two periods. Thomas Greiss came out for the third and stopped the nine shots he faced.

Riley Nash accounted for the game-winning goal. He’s up to two goals and five points in 23 games.

Cam Atkinson had a goal and an assist for Columbus. That gives him 10 goals and 19 points in 24 games.

Joonas Korpisalo saved 19 of 20 Red Wings shots. The only goal Detroit was scored when they had the man advantage.

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MONTREAL 3 OTTAWA 1

Artem Zub scored the Senators’ only goal. He’s up to two goals and six points in 16 games.

Joey Daccord saved 30 of 32 Canadiens shots. It was his first start of the season and the second of his career. He certainly held his own in this game, but he’s still searching for his first victory.

At the other end of the ice, Carey Price stopped 26 of 27 shots. That snapped his run of three straight starts where he allowed four or more goals.

Jeff Petry scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist. That gives him seven goals and 20 points in 21 contests.

Brendan Gallagher also had a goal and an assist for the Canadiens. He’s up to seven goals and 12 points in 21 games.

CAROLINA 4 NASHVILLE 2

Sebastian Aho scored two goals for the Hurricanes. That gives him eight goals and 20 points in 22 contests.

Steven Lorentz netted the game-winning goal. It was his first goal and second point in 12 games.

James Reimer stopped 36 of 38 Predators shots. He allowed two goals on a staggering 17 shots in the third period.

Juuse Saros turned aside eight of 10 shots in the first period. An undisclosed injury prevented him from playing in the remainder of the game though. Pekka Rinne saved 16 of 17 shots the rest of the way.

Mattias Ekholm scored a goal and registered an assist for Nashville. He’s up to three goals and seven points in 15 contests.

WINNIPEG 5 VANCOUVER 2

Braden Holtby turned aside 34 of 38 shots last night. He’s allowed at least three goals in five of his last six starts.

Kyle Connor scored the game-winning goal and registered two assists. He has 11 goals and 22 points in 22 contests.

Three of the Jets’ five goals were assisted on by Mark Scheifele. He has 11 goals and 31 points in 22 games.

Laurent Brossoit kicked out 31 of 33 shots last night. He has a 4-1-0 record, 2.19 GAA, and .935 save percentage in five contests.

J.T. Miller netted a power-play goal for Vancouver. He’s up to six goals and 21 points in 23 games.

TAMPA BAY 2 DALLAS 0

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 28 shots to earn the shutout. That’s his third straight shutout. He has a 13-3-1 record, 1.65 GAA, and .942 save percentage in 17 contests.

Joel Hanley fired a team-high four shots against Vasilevskiy. He has no points in seven games this season.

Anton Khudobin stopped 17 of 18 Lightning shots. The only goal he surrendered was scored on a Tampa Bay power play during the first period.

Ondrej Palat contributed that goal, which proved to be the game-winner. It was his ninth marker and 16th point in 20 games.

Yanni Gourde contributed an empty netter. He has six goals and 10 points in 20 contests.

Published: 2021-03-03 05:15:15

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