The Instigator Podcast Episode 24 – Receptive Audiences

Eric and I got together for another Instigator Podcast. We discussed the growing dissention with fans at FNC and their generally poor attitude towards the team they’re cheering for. We also play plus minus and discuss many of the issues surrounding the team at this time.

Defense still reeling as Vanek puts the Sabres on his back

Although the Sabres are still searching for answers, they at least escaped Thursday’s game with two points. It wasn’t pretty, but it was still worth two points.

The same flaws that have ailed them to start the year were evident throughout regulation as three of Montreal’s goals came on plays in which the goal scorer was either uncovered or on an odd-man rush. Their fourth came on an extended five-on-three advantage, the only goal scored of a settled offensive zone cycle.

There is no getting around the fact that the Sabres are bad defensively. They allowed four goals for the sixth-straight game and continued to make questionable decisions in their own end. While the first week and a half of the season provided the Sabres with strong efforts from Ryan Miller, he has not been at a level in which they can be comfortable leaving him to fend for himself.

A week ago in Boston, Miller was strong throughout the game and did indeed carry his team to victory despite yielding four goals to the Bruins. Since then he has not played as strong, still allowing four goals in his least three outings and playing well enough but not so stellar that he can hide the glaring defensive shortcomings of the team.

Two perpetuate an obnoxious argument that many fans blessed with high hockey IQ (sarcasm) revert to, Miller has shown he is capable of carrying the team and winning games on his own. There have been flashes and proof of this in Toronto, the final 30 minutes against the Bruins and even the disastrous first period in Montreal last Saturday. Should the Sabres continue to defend like a beer league team, Miller will continue to need to not only make countless saves, but trying saves on quality chances. Continue reading

The Instigator Podcast Episode 4 – IQ Test

Here is episode number four of The Instigator Podcast. This week we discuss the ever popular Twitter topic of hockey IQ, take Twitter questions regarding direction for the roster and take on plus/minus yet again.

As always, comments and criticism are encouraged. Catch us here: @2ITB_Buffalo or @3rdmanin

The Buffalo sports fan

The Buffalo sports fan:

Is totally die hard

Would prefer to trade their lazy, overpaid superstar now while his value is still high.

Knows exactly what trade or free agent move will lead to a championship.

Thinks your perennial All-Star and playoff stud SUCKS

Expects every shot to be stopped

Thinks a new left tackle and an elite pass rusher are the solution to the Bills’ woes

His seats really let you see the play develop – from the last row of the stadium

His old seats let you see the speed of the game – despite being obstructed by the benches

Wants to trade two underperformer’s for that superstar in the other conference

Wants a proven coach and GM, but can’t think of a proven name to fill either position

Thinks the GM should have cut that waste of money two years ago

LOVE Are insulted by the thought of sexy, scantily clad girls scraping the ice

Knew that the same lameduck player who walked as a free agent would blow up in another city

Doesn’t make a peep for an entire game, but claps in unison when the speakers say “everybody clap your hands”

Boos every former player, no matter what the circumstances were surrounding their departure

Sits on their hands all game but will cheer after a goal

Leaves with six minutes to go in a one-goal game

Still refers to the Winter Classic as the Ice Bowl

Hates when the Sabres play the trap, despite not being capable of identifying it

Wonders why the Sabres don’t score goals like you see in video games

Wants to know why the Bills are the only team never to score on bombs

Complains about every possible facet of every pro sports team in the city

Will sit in their season’s or by their TV every day until one of their teams wins a championship.