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Sabres Preview #4: The Team September 6, 2010

Posted by calvin in Uncategorized.
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I’ve done all the individual parts of the team, so what do I think the team as a whole will look like? Pretty good, actually. The biggest potential difference I can see is in team toughness, and that’s a very good thing. If guys like Morrisonn and McCormick give the team a little bit more of an edge it will it make it harder to play against them. Personally, I don’t think it’s easy to play the Sabres now, and the addition of a more rough and tumble style will only make teams hate it more, and that’s a very, very good thing.

What areas will be above average? Goaltending (and by extension, goals-against). Team defense. Penalty kill. Goals-for. Conditioning. Help from the farm team. Holding leads (they won every single game where they led after two periods during the regular season).

What areas might they need to work on to be a viable team for the long haul? Competitiveness. Power play. Killer instinct. Consistency. Beating bad teams. Winning back-to-back series. Faceoffs.

Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments section!

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