Buffalo Sabres Team Preview

The Fansided 30 previews in 30 days continues. We here at Rink Royalty enjoy this set up, because it allows us to give our Kings fans and regular readers and chance to see what other teams think around the league. As you might imagine (and has played out with most of the posts thus far), most writers on their sites seem to be a bit bullish on their team and its chances for the upcoming season. After you get a chance to see what they think, we provide a look at the schedule to see when they meet up with your Los Angeles Kings, as well as a brief take on the team and their chances from our perspective. Of course despite the fact that they’re posted every day, I enjoyed by Labor Day weekend, so we’ve got a few to update you with today.

First, let’s take a look at the Buffalo Sabres. Over at Sabre Noise they’ve provided one take on the Sabres and their chances this season, here’s just a taste:

If the Buffalo Sabres don’t rival for the Northeast Division banner this year based on the talent they put on their roster, the pure hockey energy that is buzzing in this city right now just might be enough momentum to carry this team until we are the team that prize free agents give the first call too.

Training camp is right around the corner, and there are plenty of guys who have proven themselves in the NHL, and plenty of guys who have proven they are NHL ready.  Its not going to be an easy chore for the Buffalo Sabres in the coming weeks, but as the signs have pointed out, IN TERRY WE TRUST.

So what do we think about Buffalo?

Schedule:

October 9th – vs. Buffalo (in Germany)

Yea the Kings will line up against the Sabres in their second game of the season when they play Buffalo in Germany on the 9th of October. It’s an early game, and the Kings are obviously going to be looking to either finish the trip with a sweep of their European opponents, or salvage at least a win after a disappointing loss in game 1. Either way, the Kings are likely to be geared up for the game, and it’ll be a good one.

Any fair look at the Sabres and their chances has to focus on one man: Ryan Miller. If he is a shut-down goaltender like we have seen from him in the past, the Sabres could make some noise. It’s easy to win games when the other team can’t score any goals. That said, if he comes back to Earth and plays merely like an incredibly talented goaltender, then we might have something else to say. The offense is more of a committee approach, with nobody rising to the level of superstar and able to realistically carry the team over any significant period of time. I don’t see the Sabres making much noise this season, though the playoffs are a very reasonable possibility.

What do you see happening for the Blue and Gold this season?

Topics: Buffalo Sabres, Los Angeles Kings, Ryan Miller

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  • David M

    I agree, the Sabres will not make a big splash this year. The defense is teriffic, but the offense lacks a marquee scorer and a marquee center.

  • David M

    I agree, the Sabres will not make a big splash this year. The defense is teriffic, but the offense lacks a marquee scorer and a marquee center.

  • David M

    I agree, the Sabres will not make a big splash this year. The defense is teriffic, but the offense lacks a marquee scorer and a marquee center.

  • Pyner55

    I understand the logic guys but trying telling the boston bruins you need a marquee scorer to win. Only one player with 30 goals…but a very solid D with great goaltending and a team that scores by committee(2nd in the east)….sounds a lot like the sabers. With the addition of Regehr and Erhoff Miller will have the best D he has ever had in front of him with a very solid back up to spell him. Also, Buffalo was the 4th in scoring in the east last year so goal production is not an issue. Thanks for the article! Good luck to your Kings who I expect to make some noise of their own with the addition of Richards. Happy he is no longer in the east. Nice pickup!

  • Pyner55

    I understand the logic guys but trying telling the boston bruins you need a marquee scorer to win. Only one player with 30 goals…but a very solid D with great goaltending and a team that scores by committee(2nd in the east)….sounds a lot like the sabers. With the addition of Regehr and Erhoff Miller will have the best D he has ever had in front of him with a very solid back up to spell him. Also, Buffalo was the 4th in scoring in the east last year so goal production is not an issue. Thanks for the article! Good luck to your Kings who I expect to make some noise of their own with the addition of Richards. Happy he is no longer in the east. Nice pickup!

  • Pyner55

    I understand the logic guys but trying telling the boston bruins you need a marquee scorer to win. Only one player with 30 goals…but a very solid D with great goaltending and a team that scores by committee(2nd in the east)….sounds a lot like the sabers. With the addition of Regehr and Erhoff Miller will have the best D he has ever had in front of him with a very solid back up to spell him. Also, Buffalo was the 4th in scoring in the east last year so goal production is not an issue. Thanks for the article! Good luck to your Kings who I expect to make some noise of their own with the addition of Richards. Happy he is no longer in the east. Nice pickup!

  • RinkRoyalty

    Pyner: I hear ya, and if they made some noise I wouldn’t be SHOCKED. As I said if they make the playoffs it wouldn’t be an earth-shattering moment, and as we all know – once the playoffs start, anything can happen!

    David: Glad to hear somebody agrees with me! :-)

  • RinkRoyalty

    Pyner: I hear ya, and if they made some noise I wouldn’t be SHOCKED. As I said if they make the playoffs it wouldn’t be an earth-shattering moment, and as we all know – once the playoffs start, anything can happen!

    David: Glad to hear somebody agrees with me! :-)

  • RinkRoyalty

    Pyner: I hear ya, and if they made some noise I wouldn’t be SHOCKED. As I said if they make the playoffs it wouldn’t be an earth-shattering moment, and as we all know – once the playoffs start, anything can happen!

    David: Glad to hear somebody agrees with me! :-)

  • Scott Temekus

    When the Sabres took the Presidents Trophy they had 10 players with 20 goals or more, add to that Vaneks 30-40 and there is plenty of offense, especially since their offense won’t have to cover for a lax defense. They have the best defense they have had in decades, they have a top five goalie, three lines capable of scoring and so deep theres to many starters to start- gotta be better than middle of the pack. Their afflliiate putting out consecutive rookies of the year for the last three years and not giving up players or picks to put this team together makes things in Buffalo look scary good! Remember Miller had a down year, their top center was out for half the year and the playoffs and they lost Pominville and still almost made it to the second round – this years team is much improved over last so expecting round two in the playoffs seems like a no-brainer

  • Scott Temekus

    When the Sabres took the Presidents Trophy they had 10 players with 20 goals or more, add to that Vaneks 30-40 and there is plenty of offense, especially since their offense won’t have to cover for a lax defense. They have the best defense they have had in decades, they have a top five goalie, three lines capable of scoring and so deep theres to many starters to start- gotta be better than middle of the pack. Their afflliiate putting out consecutive rookies of the year for the last three years and not giving up players or picks to put this team together makes things in Buffalo look scary good! Remember Miller had a down year, their top center was out for half the year and the playoffs and they lost Pominville and still almost made it to the second round – this years team is much improved over last so expecting round two in the playoffs seems like a no-brainer

  • Scott Temekus

    When the Sabres took the Presidents Trophy they had 10 players with 20 goals or more, add to that Vaneks 30-40 and there is plenty of offense, especially since their offense won’t have to cover for a lax defense. They have the best defense they have had in decades, they have a top five goalie, three lines capable of scoring and so deep theres to many starters to start- gotta be better than middle of the pack. Their afflliiate putting out consecutive rookies of the year for the last three years and not giving up players or picks to put this team together makes things in Buffalo look scary good! Remember Miller had a down year, their top center was out for half the year and the playoffs and they lost Pominville and still almost made it to the second round – this years team is much improved over last so expecting round two in the playoffs seems like a no-brainer

  • RinkRoyalty

    I could see the Sabres making it to round 2, though I think it depends more on who they draw in round 1 than anything. I’m not sure they are quite ready to run with the top of the conference, but they could certainly beat most of the mid-level teams, especially if Miller plays like he has.

  • RinkRoyalty

    I could see the Sabres making it to round 2, though I think it depends more on who they draw in round 1 than anything. I’m not sure they are quite ready to run with the top of the conference, but they could certainly beat most of the mid-level teams, especially if Miller plays like he has.

  • RinkRoyalty

    I could see the Sabres making it to round 2, though I think it depends more on who they draw in round 1 than anything. I’m not sure they are quite ready to run with the top of the conference, but they could certainly beat most of the mid-level teams, especially if Miller plays like he has.