The Buffalo Sabres opened the 2013-014 season last night, but no one told their Power Play that it was time to go. The Sabres power play went 0-7 vs. the Detroit Red Wings last night. While some credit needs to go to the Red Wings; the Sabres seem to have the same powerless power play as years past.
Normally on a 5 on 3 teams move the puck around and make good clean passes, but not last night the Sabres couldn’t pass, they couldn’t get set up, and they couldn’t find the net. Sabres co-captain Thomas Vanek seems to agree.
“We didn’t move the puck well,” forward Thomas Vanek said. “We didn’t make any plays. We were just trying to blast them through people. No crisp passing. It’s something we’ll have to work on.” Buffalo News
Now I will take a breath. It’s only one game, but if this is foreshadowing of things to come it could be along season for Buffalo fans. Over the past four years the Sabres power play has not been ranked higher than 9th.
2009-2010: Ranked 17th, 13.7%
2010-2011: Ranked 9th, 17.1%
2011-2012: Ranked 16th, 13.2%
2012-2013: Ranked 29th, 12.4% (Lockout)
The Sabres only took 20 total shots last night. It’s hard to score when they don’t shoot. As aggravating as last night was I am going to wait a week or two to fully develop how I feel about the power play. It’s only one game after all. But, unless the Sabres start finding the net on the power play the boo birds will start circling.