This is my first time posting on DieByTheBlade, I usually frequent the fellow Buffallo team blog, BuffaloRumblings to discuss my extremely optimistic view on the Bills. I would call myself a casual hockey fan in general because I don't know much about any other teams, but I am a HUGE Sabres fan. It kills me to watch our team when we are on the power play, I almost prefer to have the other team at full strength than down a player. It seem like every power play we are on we either can't even get the puck into the zone or turn it over resulting in a scoring chance for the other team (and a lot of times give up a goal on that chance) I know it is bad that I am actually more worried now that we are going to give up a short handed goal than score when we have a power play.
I am fine with missing some shots or getting them blocked when we are on the power play, as long as we are putting some pressure on the other team. But night in and night out every time we get a power play it seems like it is still 5 on 5. I don't understand how we actually score goals at full strength if we can't do it with a man advantage.
I actually stopped watching the game last night when we had a power play in the 3rd and the puck spent more time at our end of the ice than it did theirs. It is just pathetic to watch, I can't even be angry at it anymore I started laughing last night when we tried for probably the 3rd time to get the puck into their end and immediately turned it over just to see it go back down to Miller. Something has to change because our players take forever to get set up for the PP rush and just sit behind the net with the puck for a few seconds then we make some dumb pass and turn it over or just dump it in to a spot where the other team can clear it before we get anyone to the puck.
I love hockey, I love the Sabres, I don't know much about different strategies or plays in hockey but I see the same thing every time we have a power play. I don't know the stats but from just watching us we have to be the worst team in the NHL on the power play. It is just so pathetic I don't understand. I want to know if people agree with me or maybe I am missing something. I just want to get the fans' thoughts on this subject because it makes me sick.