When combined to the 4-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday, the Sabres have given up nine goals in the past two games while only scoring two, and both could be considered garbage time goals. Thursday’s game was especially disgusting as the Sabres were completely outplayed in every facet of the game.
Somehow, the Sabres were out shot by 27. That’s right, 27. The Canadiens amassed 42 shots to the Sabres’ paltry 15. Ryan Miller was pulled in favor of Jhonas Enroth after allowing four goals on 32 shots, all of which came before the second period ended.
Miller has been bad in both games this week after being incredibly strong in last week’s three victories. Before the trade deadline, Miller was wondering what his future with the team was. Perhaps Miller found out at the beginning of the week and can’t focus because of it. That’s pure speculation, but his play has been in complete free fall since Sunday.
But when your team only gets 15 shots on goal, can you really blame the goalie for not being totally into the game? What makes it even worse is that the Sabres still had a chance, albeit a slim one, to slip into the playoffs as the eighth seed.
Clearly, the mental makeup of this team is severely lacking if they can only average five shots a period when fighting for their playoff lives. Since Thomas Vanek‘s return on Tuesday the Sabres offense has been completely off-kilter.
The Sabres should use this time to call up some young prospects to get them some much-needed experience in the last two-plus weeks. And there is always hope – the Canadiens clinched a playoff spot tonight and currently sit as the second overall seed, and they finished in last place last year. Here’s to looking towards the future.