Despite the Sabres’ progress, the lack of reliable goaltending stands out again – The Athletic

Posted: November 23, 2021 at 4:34 pm

With the goal light behind the Sabres net blinding fans with nonstop illumination, Don Granato called on Aaron Dell to replace Dustin Tokarski. It was a swap of a .900 save percentage for an .861.

The fans cheered anyway. Then they booed when Dell allowed a goal on the first shot he faced.

New season, same problems.

The Sabres scored eight goals in 27 hours and had no points to show for it. Goaltending wasnt the only deficiency during Mondays 7-4 loss to the Blue Jackets and Sundays 5-4 setback against the Rangers, but the position sure wasnt a strength. It hasnt been a strength for way too long.

The Sabres have used 20 goalies since trading Ryan Miller on Feb. 28, 2014, the most in the NHL during that span. The only team that can give them a run is Arizona, with 19. Being lumped in with the Coyotes is rarely a good thing.

Buffalo hopes it has its goalie of the future in Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen,

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