I have a few thoughts rolling around in my head but unfortunately, husband out of town + manic 11 week old puppy = extremely tired Heather B. I'm talking totally exhausted, you guys. And it's only Tuesday morning. I'm doomed.
But I have just enough time to make fun of Bucky Gleason before I zoom off to work. It's been a while, you know? Truthfully, Bucky's recent column on Ryan Miller wasn't that bad. It was pretty good really. It did however contain this little nugget about the shootout against the Rangers this past weekend:
Sure enough, it would come down to old friend Chris Drury, a matchup between the man who made a commitment to Buffalo and the man the Sabres let get away.
Fate leaned toward Drury.
Captain Clutch had a knack for scoring big goals, for finding a way when it mattered most. The story line called for Drury returning to Buffalo and reminding the Sabres that they should have kept him rather than open the door to his departure.
First of all, statistically speaking, fate did not lean toward Drury. Drury is pretty terrible in shootouts, going only 2 for 11. Miller has a .717 save percentage in shootouts which is pretty good considering he was pretty dismal in shootouts last season. A very quick scroll through the list of goalies at nhlshootouts.com (amazing source if you ever need shootout stats) shows that to be on the higher end for goalies who have played in as many shootouts as Ryan has. (I will admit I looked at that very, very quickly so if I'm wrong, please feel free to correct me.) So yeah... In a battle of Drury vs. Miller, I'm betting the pot on Miller.
Second of all, only Bucky's storyline would end with the departed captain scoring for the other team. Dude, come on. That is SO not what the story line called for. The story line called for the weirdo goalie who's trying to find himself after struggling last season, the one who made a committment to the city and fans of Buffalo to stop the former leader who took off for the big dollars and big city in his tracks. Which is exactly what happened.
(I'm feeling a little better about Hank now that Lindy has gone on the record about keeping a 7 man rotation. I don't think that completely eliminates the idea of someone getting traded at the deadline but for now, I've calmed down. On one hand, I do like the idea of "You stink/slack, you sit" but on the other hand, I'm curious to see if that's how it really works. I'm also not sure how I feel about constantly changing the defensive pairings. They've been a bit of a jumble all season. We'll see.)