Hey, I thought I told you guys not to vote on that poll! Fourteen of you are terrible listeners! No Legos at the end of the day for you. Just for that I'm completely disregarding the poll! HA!
Seriously, I was going to write a post about the feeling surrounding this particular team and if it's really as detached as some of the media - WGR in particular - seems to think it is, but I don't feel like it. I'm feeling too good about the Sabres right now to get into it a place that could be negative. If the feelings stay muted once the playoffs start, maybe I'll come back to it. For now, it's on hold.
Because seriously, you guys, maybe I'm crazy, but I'm feeling pretty darn good about the Sabres. I've said all along that the Eastern Conference is average, and I still think that's true. I think every team has weak spots and that includes the Washington team that lots of people seem really high on. A lot of Sabres have really come on the last couple weeks. Jason Pominville looks like a hockey player again. Derek Roy looks like he might be bothered to care. Tonight he scored a gorgeous goal AND picked a fight in the crease. THAT'S my Derek Roy! Steve Montador has been a freaking revelation lately. The defense is really starting to chip in on the offense. (Note to MSG: EVERY TIME TONI LYDMAN SCORES HE SHOULD GET AN ON-CAMERA INTERVIEW! Thank goodness Mike Harrington understands you always get a post-goal quote from Toni.) Lots of things seem to be coming together at the right time.
I think the last two years of struggle have made a lot of people - and I'm including myself here - forget that not only does a huge portion of the current Sabres roster have playoff experience, they have a lot of success, as a team and as individuals. I don't know, maybe I'm setting myself up for disappointment, but I think I'd rather go into things feeling good and ending up a little disappointed then go into things expecting the worst and being right.
And for tonight at least, the excitement is genuine. I have my tickets to home game 2, I have next weekend cleared, let's get this on. Let's go Buff-a-lo!