Buffalo, N.Y. (WGR 550) – I think we can safely say that this season’s version of the Buffalo Sabres is much improved over last year.
Is there more talent on this team? Absolutely not, but this is a group that understands what a team is. They understand what it is to play for each other and the crest, while past players around here didn’t have a clue.
So far, it’s translated into two wins in two games.
Cody Eakin has a goal and an assist in two games. His line with Zemgus Girgensons and Kyle Okposo has been very hard to play against. That is something brand new for this team, because teams have known for years that coming into Buffalo means a soft, easy game.
Folks, times are a changing.
“We are harder to play against. We are always playing with speed on the forecheck, the back check, and it just gets annoying to other teams," Eakin said of his team following Saturday's win over the Arizona Coyotes. "If we consistently play like that, cutting off pucks before their rush starts, we’re going to be hard to play against.”
In both games, the line of Girgensons-Eakin-Okposo has been Buffalo’s best trio. Eakin says he just enjoys playing with his wingers.
“They’re playing like they’re 22 again. It’s been tremendous," Eakin said. "The energy at all ends of the ice, and it’s fun to be a part of that and contribute.”