Ryan Miller: As Always, The Key To Sabres Success

November 13th, 2009 by Matthew Young Leave a reply »
Yes, I know it's only November. I know the Sabres have only played 15 games. And yet, I can't help but be excited about this year's team. Maybe it's the fact that the Bills are so bad this year that I've moved on to hockey early. But it's equally likely that the Sabres this year could actually be (dramatic pause) good .

Hear me out. I have a case, I promise.

Let's start with the offense. Through 15 games, the Sabres are scoring nearly three goals per game. They're allowing just over two per game.

Every forward except for Adam Mair (who hasn't played a game) has scored at least one goal. Tim Connolly is leading in points scored at 15. Tim Connolly! If you had asked me a year ago who would be leading in points, he would not be on my list.

The Sabres have also earned points in over two-thirds of their games to this point, which is the best out of any NHL team through 15 games.

Now at this point you are saying "Hey, those stats are okay, but they're not great." And you'd be right.

The offense isn't really the reason I think this team is good. It's the reason that this team isn't bad .

The reason the Sab ...

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