Saturday, September 22, 2007

Sabres lose preseason opener

The Buffalo Sabres lost the their preseason opener to the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1. But it's just a preseason game so who cares really? A few interesting things to note though.

Special teams still need help. All of the Columbus goals were scored with the man advantage including a five on three goal. The Sabres meanwhile were 0 for 6 on the powerplay. The powerplay was one of the teams weak points last year so it's not good to see this continue, not even in preseason.

On a more positive note, Kaleta played really well. I still think he has a decent shot at making the final spot on the roster. He wouldn't get too much playing time on a line featuring Peters and Mair, but they would be able to brawl with anyone (Ottawa may remember...), speaking of fights Peters already got in one and had himself tossed from the game...

Other points of interest... The Sabres were wearing white at home, don't know if there is any reason for this, if it will last, or if it is just a fluke. The game sold out, for a preseason game to get that much attention is kindof cool. Hechet was penciled in as the Captain, with Campbell and Lydman as the alternates. Not sure if that is a set thing or if it may be different as soon as next Sunday's rematch against Columbus.

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