From The Desk Of Frostee

January 9, 2009 at 3:11 pm | Posted in Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers, Thought-provoking Stuff | 1 Comment

Dear Buffalo Sabres,

As I’m sure you all know, tonight you take on the New York Rangers.  Now, looking at this team and they way they started out, you  might be a bit frightened.  I will admit, their goaltender is pretty hot talented.  After that, however, the talent seriously drops off.  They may have a lot of big-name players, and even one of the Staals, but I assure you, Sabres, you are just as good as they are.  One could even argue that you’re better.  Remember back at the beginning of the season?  It was the third game.  You had already beaten Montreal and the Islanders, and as you took the ice in Madison Square Garden you knew you would be facing an opponent that had yet to lose.  You beat that team, Sabres.  Back at the beginning of the season, even I thought the Rangers were a scary team.  They seemed to have all the pieces, and I knew they would be a threat.  Oh, how the times have changed.

The Rangers are not the scary team they were at the beginning of the season, Sabres.  They haven’t been doing too well lately.  You, on the other hand, have been playing quite well in the new calendar year.  2009 has been a refreshing change.  I haven’t felt like throwing myself under a train/picking a new #1 team since December.  I’m very proud of you.  You’re on a three game winning streak, and I’m going to let you in on a little secret.  Sabres, I think you can win this game.

I realize how surprising it must be for you to hear this.  Usually you just hear me bitch and moan about how you’re all cocky, arrogant little bastards who don’t know how to focus on the game.  Sabres, I have faith in you tonight.  If you play hard the entire sixty minutes, and if you’re disciplined and continue with your fantastic penalty kill, I think you’ll be okay.  The Rangers are also good on the penalty kill, so this will be a good test for your power play.  You need to generate scoring chances when you have the man-advantage, and also when it’s five-on-five.  If you stick to – and I can’t believe I’m about to say this – The System, you can win this game.

Take a look around the Eastern Conference.  No offense to the rest of the teams, but the East kind of sucks.  The teams that were once big problems in your playoff chase are looking slightly less unbeatable.  The Bruins are the best team in the NHL, and you beat them on Saturday.  Montreal won, yes, but they’re far ahead of you in the standings.  New Jersey lost last night, as did Carolina.  Even more important was Pittsburgh’s loss.  They were only a point behind you, and now with a win tonight you can put more distance between the two and bump Carolina out of their spot.  The Rangers are in sixth place, and they only have six more points than you.  A lot of teams in this conference are falling apart, but you’re just starting to come together.  This game is a must-win game.  

The Eastern Conference standings aside, there’s another reason you need to win this game.  Tomorrow night you travel to Detroit to face the Red Wings.  Yes, the Stanley Cup Champions.  Detroit is a good hockey team, Sabres.  As my grandfather would say, “They’re not good.  They’re very good.”  That win against Boston proved you can play with the elite teams, but for some reason Detroit is different.  Maybe it’s just me, but it almost feels like they’re unbeatable merely because of who they are.  They won the Stanley Cup last year.  They have an incredibly talented team.  They’re ruthlessly efficient.  Sabres, you need this win tonight because not only will the two points be critical if you should for some reason fail to get both tomorrow night, but a win would also be a huge confidence booster.  It’s not secret that you kind of suck on back-to-back games, especially the second night.  You need to change that.

Good luck tonight, Sabres.  I may be wearing a jersey for a different team (that jersey is 4-0.  And last time they met, the Blue Jackets kind of whipped the Caps), but know that my heart will be beating blue and gold.

With Love,


P.S. To Ryan Miller:  Dinner on Sunday sounds fabulous.  Pick me up at eight?


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  1. P.S. To Ryan Miller: Dinner on Sunday sounds fabulous. Pick me up at eight?

    You crack me up…

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