Leafs vs Sabres: an eye opener
The negative reflux from Leaf fans after the embarassing loss to Buffalo has done a great job of hiding the true issue at hand.
To leaf fans who are freaking out, I have to say: You had to see this coming. They’ve played poorly the entire pre season, it just doesn’t show as much when you play Edmonton and Phoenix. Even Ottawa didn’t play that well monday night. It is just the pre season, but the Leafs are definetly behind what some other teams are doing. It has to be at least a little worrisome to Leaf fans.
However this is not the issue at hand. That pre season game proved me wrong. Many have said Buffalo would be a bad team this year. I said they would be a good team. Its clear now that they will be a great team.
Ok, so every Captain and Alternate Captain from last season is either injured or gone. Yes, the loss of Drury, Briere and Numminen is a loss of over 70 goals, over 150 points, and more than 60 minutes of ice time per game.
But after seeing them last night, I dont honestly care. When you think about the negatives, you tend to forget that Miller is the best goalie in the division, and that they’re D core is one of the deepest in hockey, and that they’re wicked fast and insane offensively.
Now when I look at the Northeast division, I see trouble. Boston and Toronto both got better goalis, Ottawa and Montreal are no worse, and Buffalo is still fantastic. It will be a tough division to say the least.