Crunch at Amerks 11/13

Amerks, AHL, Sabres, Hockey, Red Wings, Knighthawks, Bills, etc..
Post Reply
insagt1
Posts: 7617
Joined: Sun May 12, 2013 2:33 pm

Crunch at Amerks 11/13

Post by insagt1 » Mon Nov 11, 2019 4:19 pm

Amerks have played Syracuse twice so far and both games were victories in OT/SO fortunately. Injuries have begun to be a real factor...both in Buffalo and Rochester...which is to be expected every season. Amerks special teams are horrible. And suddenly we may have big issues scoring goals, with key guys out and potentially our biggest scorer near a recall. Goaltending has been for the most part OK. 9 of our first 13 games have been decided by one goal. The division is real tight with just about every team, but one competing hard.

Amerks are going to need an offensive spark and they also need to once again try and play a full 60 minutes. I thought coach Dineen's post game interview was excellent. He told it like it was, no sugar coating. He didn't feel the team played very well against Binghamton and he was correct. When you are outworked at home after blowing a 2-0 lead halfway thru, you have a problem.

It will be good having Pilut back, especially with Redmond out. Of course saying that, Redmond has been pretty ineffective so far and isn't that sparkplug, hard shooting PP quarterback of last season, first half. Dineen mentioned (about the 0-6 PP), that guys weren't taking the shots they should have been taking and that has been very true of Redmond, who just doesn't have the jump this season. Maybe he has been hurt the whole time?

Cleveland comes back to town Friday. I figure about 2,800 on Wednesday and 5,000 on Friday..before heading out to Utica on Saturday.

insagt1
Posts: 7617
Joined: Sun May 12, 2013 2:33 pm

Re: Crunch at Amerks 11/13

Post by insagt1 » Tue Nov 12, 2019 7:24 am

Hi Keith..hearing any good stuff from the higher-ups? Natives (here) are starting to get a bit restless. We need to have a good week. 3 games. divisional foes. Lots of injuries. Still haven't fixed the special teams.

Who in your opinion do we currently have who is willing to 'get dirty and crash the net' to create chaos. Amerks have pretty much led every game in shots on goal, yet many of them have not been of the dangerous variety, which would count as 'scoring chances' it would seem. I wonder what will happen if/when Thompson gets called up and CJ can't play till after Xmas? And despite Redmond's lesser contributions so far this year, we really need him back too. We are still right in the pack fortunately so there is time to get fixed, at least for now.

bmb2jn
Posts: 1234
Joined: Sat Dec 17, 2011 2:09 pm
Location: Alden, NY

Re: Crunch at Amerks 11/13

Post by bmb2jn » Wed Nov 13, 2019 12:11 am

The clock is ticking on Botterill

insagt1
Posts: 7617
Joined: Sun May 12, 2013 2:33 pm

Re: Crunch at Amerks 11/13

Post by insagt1 » Wed Nov 13, 2019 12:00 pm

It sure is. Every organization faces injuries. No one escapes. The good ones are constantly working to make sure all rosters are filled properly. Let's see how much Buffalo cares about keeping the pipeline full.
Red Wings fans might recall what a season of player turmoil 2019 was between Rochester and Minnesota. Twins kept the Wings afloat with many player signings and also with player releases ...guys who just weren't cutting it. Wasn't Twins fault that the pitchers couldn't get the job done...but at least they tried to find quality guys.
Remains to be seen how Buffalo handles this rather serious depletion of talent. Most of us here have been and still are very critical of the way the Sabres deal with Rochester. We'll be watching.

User avatar
amerks23
Posts: 2443
Joined: Sat Dec 17, 2011 12:39 pm

Re: Crunch at Amerks 11/13

Post by amerks23 » Wed Nov 13, 2019 2:58 pm

insagt1 wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 12:00 pm
It sure is. Every organization faces injuries. No one escapes. The good ones are constantly working to make sure all rosters are filled properly. Let's see how much Buffalo cares about keeping the pipeline full.
Red Wings fans might recall what a season of player turmoil 2019 was between Rochester and Minnesota. Twins kept the Wings afloat with many player signings and also with player releases ...guys who just weren't cutting it. Wasn't Twins fault that the pitchers couldn't get the job done...but at least they tried to find quality guys.
Remains to be seen how Buffalo handles this rather serious depletion of talent. Most of us here have been and still are very critical of the way the Sabres deal with Rochester. We'll be watching.
I would be very surprised if the Sabres do anything at all to help the Amerks situation and lack of offensive talent.
They spent their own dough to get here, and they came here to see us! All right, let's show 'em what we got, guys! Get out there on the ice and let 'em know you're there.

insagt1
Posts: 7617
Joined: Sun May 12, 2013 2:33 pm

Re: Crunch at Amerks 11/13

Post by insagt1 » Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:59 pm

With a 'crowd' of just over 3,100 announced for a Wednesday night, it must have felt like a near sellout!
Amerks getting more and more depleted every game, did a few things well and a couple of things not well...but came away with a needed regulation win, at home!

What they did well---they came out strong and put shots on their ex goalie Wedgewood. As a result they skated off leading 3-1 after one period. What they didn't do well---they disappeared completely in the 2nd period and went to the dressing room tied 3-3.
What they did well---they killed off all their penalties....the PK has actually started to improve over the past 3 games. And they scored a power play goal (only their 2nd all season at home) early in the 3rd to regain the lead; and they held on from there.
The goalie was sharp when he needed to be. Amerks played better in the 3rd....just enough to secure their 3rd straight win (but first in regulation) against their Thruway rivals.

Another player bit the dust tonite. What is Buffalo going to do? There has been some chatter about Pomminville. Sure would be nice for him to sign a PTO...get in shape down here and then become useful to the Sabres. Would he consider that? Would Buffalo consider that?

In any event, Amerks, despite all their woes, improve to 8-3-3, to hang around at or near the top of their division. their 10th one goal decision in their first 14 games. Nothing comes easy. Cleveland is next and we need to avenge the shootout loss to them from a couple weeks back.

Post Reply