Monday, October 17, 2016

Recap: Bylsma has Buffalo running like a well-oiled machine against Edmonton

Larsson gives McDavid's undercarriage a bit of a How's Your Father? (from Reddit user vdr2020)

It was supposed to be the night Twitter trolls came out of the woodwork like sociopathic teens in clown costumes, but Disco Dan had other ideas.

Despite a couple stumbles, the Sabres kicked off their Western Canada swing by not being dominated in the face of so many injuries. Salt was not poured into wounds be their would-be franchise player as many had predicted.

No, the Sabres came out looking like a mullet in reverse - business in the back, party in the front.

The team looked well drilled. Sticks were clogging up passing lanes. Oiler blueliners were being pressed effectively. And the team broke out of its zone with the choreography of a Broadway show.

They also looked like they were in the right mindset. Rather than having their sticks clutched tight after a disappointing debut, Sabre forwards looked relaxed and confident. They were outshot 33-24 but capitalized six times on the night.

Tasked with pinning down the NHL's next superstar, Josh Gorges was far and above the MVP on the night. He was all over McDavid, but never found himself in the penalty box. The Oiler phenom was held to 1 shot on goal over 24 shift and was a -1 on the night.

Lehner looked solid at times, but while Tyrod Taylor was erasing any trace of doubt in the minds of Bills fans earlier in the day - the Sabres goaltender couldn't pull off the same trick. There are still a lot of questions hanging over him that will likely be answered by season's end.

With all the talk about Eichel, Kane's antics, Okposo, Lehner, Nylander and others, its easy to forget about Bylsma. But this game was Exhibit A for why you shouldn't sleep on Disco Dan.

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