Buffalo Sabres Still Struggling Even With Coaching Change

By Andy Schmidt
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The Buffalo Sabres made a coaching move this week hoping that it would change the course of the season for the team. After two games however, nothing has changed in Buffalo with the team scoring just one goal in two games. It is a very small sample size but this is obviously not what the Sabres wanted to see happen after they fired Lindy Ruff.

Buffalo did get 35 shots on goal Saturday night in a 4-0 loss so that’s at least a positive of some sorts, but the team needs to put the puck in the net. Thomas Vanek has slowed in his scoring pace from earlier in the season and without Vanek scoring, the team is dead in the water. Buffalo is off until Tuesday night but between now and then, this Sabres team is going to need to work on a plan for get more pucks in the net.

Buffalo is the worst team in the National Hockey League on the power play and has scored on just two of 46 chances this month. Those numbers aren’t just depressing but are very annoying from a fan point of view. There are no easy solutions and while Ryan Miller has been better in net over the last few games, Buffalo has now lost four straight games. Ron Ralston walked into a very tough situation and he is learning quickly how difficult it is to win at this level. Hopefully the two days off help Buffalo clear their heads at least for a few moments and they can get back on the winning track.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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