Late night discussion: 2018-19 collapse impacting excitement?

October 10, 2019 - 1:41 am

The Buffalo Sabres are off to their best start since the 2009-10 season after a 5-4 overtime win against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night at KeyBank Center. Buffalo has gotten seven of a possible eight points with their 3-0-1.

The fast start, along with the 50th anniversary celebrations, there is a refreshing excitement around the Sabres to start off the season. But how strong is that excitement?

Early on in the 2018-19 season, Buffalo went on a 10-game win streak that created a similar buzz. A collapse of sorts ensued, and the Sabres missed the playoffs by a large margin, despite once being seen as a shoe-in.

Just a year removed, is that collapse holding back fans from getting too excited about the early success this year?

We asked Sabres fans during Wednesday night's late night discussion:

Can't buy in just yet?:

Many fans are skeptical, but not to the point of holding no optimistic sentiment. The lack of 5-on-5 goals is a concern for a lot of contributors.

New year, new team:

A new head coach, new players, a lot of fans didn't want to connect the two situations.

Author's choice:

Being just a year removed from the collapse, of course, has some sort of impact on the excitement level this year. However, context is key. Looking into both situations, the current success seems far more sustainable than last year's 10-game winning streak. The majority of those wins in 2018 came in shootouts, which was a sign in its own right.

The power play has carried the majority of the scoring, but the even strength play is night and day compared to last year. The Sabres have moved the puck much better, especially on the defensive side. Adding the likes of Collin Miller and Henri Jokiharju has been important for that improvement.

It should get even better with the return of a defenseman like Brandon Montour, who is currently out with a hand injury.

Things just feel more collected this season. More in control. Proceed with caution, as there are still 78 games, but it is ok to feel a little excited right now.

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