Buffalo Sabres Go 0 for 2 On Western Road Trip
A disaster of a road trip for the Buffalo Sabres. They came up empty on a pair of games against the two worst teams in the league, but Sunday night's 3-2 loss at Arizona was completely inexcusable.
The Sabres took a 2-0 lead into the third period but the Coyotes scored three times in the third period for a 3-2 victory. The winning goal came with just 19 seconds left to play.
Give credit to the Coyotes, but blame the Sabres defense for this one. Buffalo's defensemen are among the weakest in the league, but defense is a team game and this team hasn't bought into the concept. Poor coverage in their own zone, carelessness in moving the puck out of their own zone, failure to clear players from in front of their net. They're all problem areas and it wasn't more evident than in both games over the weekend.
In terms of scoring, Jack Eichel led the way with a goal and an assist. But many of the rest of the team seemed to be along for the ride and it cost them two important games against two bad hockey teams. Maybe it's an indication that the Sabres too, are a bad hockey team.
With the trading deadline just days away, these two games may just indicate that the Sabres should be a seller at the deadline and planning ahead for next year.
The Sabres are back home Tuesday against Nashville.