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5 Observations: Rangers top Sabres 5-1

5 Observations: Rangers top Sabres 5-1
Posted at 9:36 PM, Mar 24, 2018

In a year full of lopsided losses, the Buffalo Sabres may have had one of their most embarrassing outings of the season, falling to the New York Rangers 5-1. The Sabres have now lost four straight, scoring only two goals during that span. 

Five observations from Saturday's loss: 

They still can't score

In their last four games, the Sabres have two goals. Let that sink in -- two goals in four games! For those keeping track at home, the Sabres now have 12 fewer goals than the Arizona Coyotes, who have the second-fewest goals in the NHL. Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev certainly deserves some credit, stopping 43 of the 44 shots he faced. 

At one point during the Sabres broadcast, analyst Rob Ray said: "let's just go home....let's just leave." No truer words have ever been spoken. 

If you care to be entertained, check out this thread. Warning, some language may be inappropriate. 

Four in a row

It took the Rangers just four shots to a turn a 0-0 tie into a 4-0 lead. After the Sabres came flying out of the gate the Rangers found the back of the net on four straight shots, turning what was once a close game into a blowout less than nine minutes into the second period. 

His last game? 

With only seven games left this season, there's a chance we never see Robin Lehner start another game for the Sabres. To be clear, I think Lehner will get at least one more start this season, but I wouldn't be shocked if Phil Housley rode Linus Ullmark until their last game. 

*The status of Chad Johnson plays a major factor in how many starts Ullmark/Lehner/Johnson get in the final seven games.

Phil's Future

With their recent struggles and atrocious year, Housley has to be on the hot seat, right? Well, sort of....

It seems like after every loss somebody on Twitter suggests that the Sabres need to move on from Housley. After just one season, I'd be shocked if the Sabres parted ways with another coach. Sure, Housley deserves a ton of criticism for how this season has gone. But I don't know if there is a coach on this planet who could've had success with the current Sabres roster. 


During the second intermission of Hockey Night In Canada, we received a bit of an update on Sabres top prospect Casey Mittelstadt. According to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, Mittelstadt is still weighing his options and will likely decide whether or not he wants to sign a pro contract sometime in the next few days. Johnston added that he believes the Sabres would like to sign Mittelstadt, but says the 19-year-old is also strongly considering returning for his sophomore season at Minnesota. 

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