The Sabres have now lost three straight games

Buffalo got its game back on Saturday, but lost to the Islanders 1-0 at home

Paul Hamilton
November 02, 2019 - 10:15 pm

Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig - USA TODAY Sports


Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - There’s not much to say about the Sabres' 1-0 loss to the Islanders.

It certainly wasn’t from a lack of effort. The team worked hard and limited the chances just like the Islanders did. Jack Eichel was on the post-game show and said, “I thought we had a lot of opportunities. I thought we played hard. We just didn't convert on them, that's the story of the game. It's not like we just played a poor team game. I didn't see it that way."

The Sabres had some chances on Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov, but either couldn’t break through or hit the post. Ralph Krueger said, "They are excellent at getting into lanes. We just didn't get enough secondary chances in front of their net."

It certainly wasn’t perfect for the Sabres, but it was much better than in Washington. If the Sabres were to play like that every night, they’d win more than they’d lose. Krueger still thinks improvement is needed, “We’re still slightly off, but moving in the right direction.”

In the third period on the power play, Colin Miller was very upset with himself as his power play one-timer hit the post.

Brandon Montour played his first game of the season and he ripped one off the post too. Varlamov made an unreal save on Eichel coming down the slot just getting the nob of his stick on the shot.

On the first shift of the game, Conor Sheary’s shot produced a nice juicy rebound for Vladimir Sobotka, but he couldn’t squeeze it by Varlamov. The Sabres fired 27 shots on Varlamov, and in two games over the weekend scored just one goal.

Buffalo tightened up in their own zone with the only goal on Carter Hutton going in off Miller in front. Derick Brassard was trying to pass it in front from behind the net.

The Islanders have won nine in a row because they may be the most disciplined team in the NHL. They cut off the passing lanes and get into the shooting lanes. The have relentless back pressure, and if you’re going to beat them, you must take advantage of the few chances you’re going to get.

New York blocked 14 shots and forced the Sabres to shoot wide or hit the post on 17 more.

The Sabres will board a plane on Sunday and head to Sweden to play the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday and Saturday afternoon. Krueger said Monday and Tuesday will be to get acclimated to Sweden, and then they’ll practice on Wednesday and Thursday.

Buffalo will be trying to recover from their first three-game losing streak of the season against a Lightning team that is 6-5-2 to start the season.  

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