The Sabres had trouble with awareness in a loss to Chicago

Kirby Dach scored two for the Blackhawks in the victory

Paul Hamilton
November 17, 2019 - 10:50 pm

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(WGR 550) - The Sabres did a good job of producing chances, but they didn’t do a good job of playing defense and being aware of what was dangerous around them.

Many of Chicago’s goals on Sunday were players being unaware, or just simply not being hard on he backcheck.

Buffalo did have 34 shots on Corey Crawford, but Jack Eichel was the only player to beat him. That means Eichel has scored the Sabres' last five goals.

Eichel has 13 goals in 20 games and is on a pace to score 53 goals.

June’s third overall pick Kirby Dach looked more like Patrick Kane early in this game than Kane did. The 18-year-old scored the game’s first two goals, and skated by Eichel for the second one as the captain had no idea he was coming.

Kane scored the third goal when he lifted Marco Scandella’s stick right after a faceoff. Again, the defenseman was not aware of Kane being there.

Rasmus Dahlin was benched for the whole third period on Saturday. Dahlin took some shots Sunday on the power play instead of always looking to pass and Ralph Krueger like the kid’s game against Chicago and how he responded.

If you’re looking for another positive, I would say it was Jimmy Vesey. I thought he was engaged all night along the walls. He almost scored his first goal as a Sabre on the back end of a 2-on-1. He directed the puck past Crawford, but off the post. He also tried to spark his teammates engaging in the team’s first fight of the season against Erik Gustafsson.

If Vesey continues to play like that, the goals will start coming.

Things didn’t look good for Tage Thompson as he was finishing up his first game of the season with the Sabres. He got hit in the corner and went straight to the dressing room, hunching over with his right arm hanging down.

We’ll have to see if Marcus Johansson or Johan Larsson are ready to play. If not, it would have to be J.S. Dea or Andrew Oglevie from Rochester. Krueger could also go with seven defensemen.

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