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Lundqvist expects ‘desperate’ Sabres team

Oct 31, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT

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Henrik Lundqvist will be back in goal tonight for the New York Rangers, and for some reason he’s expecting “a tough game” from the visiting Buffalo Sabres, a.k.a. the worst team in the NHL.

“Their record is not great but they’re still a good team,” Lundqvist said, per “They’re going to come hard and be a desperate team, similar to us. They’re playing better and better so I expect a tough game.”

OK, so obviously Lundqvist’s not going to say what everyone else has been saying, which is that the Sabres’ play has been downright embarrassing this season. Best to take the classy approach. No need to risk a Lars Eller-type situation. After all, it’s not like the Rangers have been tearing up the NHL either.

The thing is, the Sabres have already had numerous opportunities to “come hard and be a desperate team,” and their frustrated fans are still waiting to see it.

As for Lundqvist’s assertion that the Sabres are “playing better,” we suppose they were somewhat improved Monday against Dallas — “Tonight, there were some of probably the most positive signs I’ve seen in a long, long time,” said captain Steve Ott — but they still lost, 4-3, at home to a Stars side that’s been average at best in 2013-14.

  1. 950003cups - Oct 31, 2013 at 2:19 PM


    Sabres team expects “desperate” Lundqvist

    • magicrat13 - Oct 31, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      oh man…that was priceless….good one!

    • nebbah306 - Oct 31, 2013 at 3:15 PM

      What a surprise, you’re on a Rangers post, go back to your cave you troll

      • 950003cups - Oct 31, 2013 at 4:10 PM

        Consider me a soldier of truth. I battle the countless credit, unjustly given to one Henrik Lundqvist.

        The league finally decided it was time to stand up and punish him with the “Lundqvist Rule” which makes is illegal for goalies to impersonate bomb squad personnel.

      • stakex - Oct 31, 2013 at 4:42 PM

        I suppose you also spend the 90’s and early 20’s telling everyone about how Martin Brodeur spend the best years of his career playing behind one of (if not the) the best defensive teams in league history?

        Oh yeah that’s right, you are only a “soldier of truth” when it comes to bashing the Rangers.

      • 950003cups - Oct 31, 2013 at 5:01 PM

        Brodeur played goaltender behind one of the best defense in the league back then, (but still KO’d you with a garbage defense anyway in 2012)

        Lundqvist played goaltender behind five other goaltenders while he wore pads that resembled a bomb dismantling unit rather than a goaltender.

        Theres the truth. Enjoy. As someone who respects the goaltender position greatly, I appreciate guys like Cam Talbot coming in and playing the game the way it’s supposed to be played…. FAIR

      • magicrat13 - Nov 1, 2013 at 8:54 AM

        950003cups……truth?….lol……more of an opinion…..might want to buy a dictionary…..and based on your obsession based posts about henrik, your opinion does not carry much weight in my view…

    • barkar942 - Oct 31, 2013 at 7:34 PM

      Hey 950003- so you and i think it was thirteen other people were at the Vancouver game the other night- and you were beaten by Torts!

  2. dropthepuckeh - Oct 31, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Jason – any info on John Scott’s hearing today? Should we expect a ruling today as well? Thank you.

  3. bradkaz96 - Oct 31, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    I fully expect for my Sabres to be the worst team in the NHL and lose the lottery too. Its just what happens here in Buffalo.

  4. stakex - Oct 31, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Even when its Buffalo, its always best to expect the other team is going to play a good game. Going into a game, even against Buffalo, with the mindset that they are terrible and its going to be an easy two points is a sure fire way to get blown out by a bad team.

  5. earpaniac - Oct 31, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    I’m not sure if its just me, but everytime I see “Captain Steve Ott”, it seems that should be a misprint.

  6. sportsfan69 - Nov 1, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    Hendrik’s comments were in advance, so that if he lost again, he can blame it on the desperation of the Sabres team, not his “over the hill” play or his lack of concentration again. Leaders have to be leaders, not pretenders.

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