Sabres’ Kryptonite: Why Does Buffalo Weaken in Canadian Capital?

December 17th, 2009 by Matthew Young Leave a reply »
The Sabres did it again. Despite coming into Monday night on a four-game winning streak, they did it again. Despite having beaten teams ranging from the East-leading Washington Capitals to the Montreal Canadiens, they did it again. Despite scoring 12 goals on the win streak, they did it again.

The Buffalo Sabres were beaten by the Ottawa Senators. Again.

This marks the second loss this season for the Sabres against the team from Ottawa. The Senators are the only team that has a perfect record against Buffalo this season. Every other team that the Sabres have played more than once, they have won at least one of those games.

So what is it about Ottawa that mystifies this Sabres team? How have they managed to outscore the Sabres this season 7-3? It's not like Ottawa is the spectacular offensive machine they were in 2007, when they beat the Sabres in that crushing Conference Final series. 

And even if they were, Ryan Miller (and give credit to the defense, too) shut down the top-scoring Washington Capitals team just last week. Miller has been downright brilliant this year against great offenses. And yet Ottawa has brought him down to ...

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