Episode Darren Turcotte (411): Team of the Week – Buffalo Sabres. Are they playoff bound?


The Buffalo Sabres continue to improve and have entered the conversation for the 2023 playoffs. Will they make it? Voting has started for the All Star game. A 14 year old from Slovakia has dominated the U18 Women’s World Championships. 

TORONTO, ON – MARCH 13: Darren Turcotte #89 of the Winnipeg Jets skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during NHL game action on March 13, 1996 at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Photo by Graig Abel/Getty Images)

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  • Banter
  • Title Player Darren Turcotte
  • Turcotte – 88-89 Rangers Dean Kennedy -> 89-90 Sabres Rob Ray
  • Turcotte – 93-94 Whalers Adam Burt -> 00-01 Thrashers Dobson
  • Turcotte -> 95-96 Jets Craig Mills -> 97-98 Indianapolis Ice Eric Manlow
  • Turcotte -> 97-98 Blues Harry York -> 99-00 Canucks Matt Cooke
  • Feedback Kathy Fencott – Vegas hanging with Darnell Nurse
  • News
  • Nela Lopusanova from Slovakia – 14yr old scoring highlight reel goals at U18 Women’s –
  • All Star game Feb 4 – get your votes in
  • Tanner Pearson injury – weird situation https://www.sportsnet.ca/nhl/article/nhlpa-steps-in-to-help-resolve-pearson-situation-with-canucks/
  • PK Honoured before Habs game
  • Lehner files for bankruptcy –
  • The tank is well and truly on in Chicago – Kane is out with injury and they send Lukas Reichel down after lighting it up  https://theathletic.com/4091686/2023/01/14/blackhawks-kraken-lukas-reichel-demotion/   
  • Ovechkin ties Mike Gartner for most 30 goal seasons – 17
  • Oilers – 3 in a row after loss to LAK Klim Kostin – the hero the Oilers need
  • Jack Campbell wins back to back – is he for real?
  • Leafs – tough loss to Bruins – given uniforms Leafs should have won Matthews goal – nasty
  • Guess the 5th Team of the Week Buffalo –  
  • 4th in Atlantic 44 PTS
  • Fancy Stats – 5v5 CF% 51.89 (9) SF% 49.48 (19) GF% 50.81 (16) xGF% 49.58 (21)  SH% 9.42 (4)  SV% 91.07 (21) PP 27.63 (3)  PK 72.73 (29)
  • Have played 3 goalies equally
  • Summary – need to improve PK Definitely a playoff contender but have a lot of competition –
  • WSH, NYI, PIT, FLA, DET all very tight in race Goaltending will be a big concern as Anderson is 41 and he’s their best Will be interesting to see what they do as trade deadline approaches – lots of cap space ($18MM) Impending UFAs Okposo, Girgensons, Hinostroza, Anderson
  • Hot / Not Metro – PHI 7-3-0 / PIT 2-6-2 Atlantic – BOS 7-1-2 / MTL 2-8-0 Central – WPG 7-3-0 / ARI 2-8-0 Pacific – SEA 8-2-0 / VAN 3-7-0
  • Crazy Stat
  • DOPeS – Sergachaev and Keller get parking tickets
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