I hope we’re still Pals, Mike and Lindy.
Yesterday’s post called out the play of Mike Weber this season, and called out the handling of Weber by coach Ruff. In short, Weber emerged as a rugged leader on defense last season, and this season, well, has been a disaster for him. How Lindy has handled his ice time, in my theory, played a big role in his regression.
Today, sports hypothesis becomes fact!
From NHL.com’s preview of tonite’s Sabres/Flyers matchup:
Sabres: Less, apparently, is more for defenseman Mike Weber.
In a 13-game span from Dec. 28 to Jan. 21, Weber played at least 20 minutes 11 times, and had 1 goal and a minus-8 rating. In eight games since then, however, he’s averaged about 16:30 per game, and has 2 assists and a plus-2 rating.
More importantly, the Sabres went 2-9-2 in those 13 games with Weber playing extended minutes, and 5-2-1 since he had his ice time cut back.
“That’s been the biggest, to get back to playing the minutes he seems suited to, that he’s not trying to do too much, that when he gets out there he’s fresh,” coach Lindy Ruff told the Tonawanda News. “His game is a lot of times energy. It’s playing hard in a short period of time, and I think when we’ve overplayed him he’s just tried too much. He’s over-handled some situations. He tried to make plays into areas he doesn’t need to make plays. I think that part of his game has really cleaned up.”
Figure it out, Lindy!
Anyway, there you have it – my hard-hitting Sabres analysis, backed up a day late by real news sources. Beer: earned.
Tonight Lindy, Weber, and the rest of the beleaguered Sabres take on the Flyers in Philly. It’s the return of Leino to Philadelphia, in a game that means virtually nothing for either team. Should be fun. Oh, and there’s these people, too:
It’s 9am right now. I wonder if they’re booing yet?
In any event, the correct lyric is “puts on women’s clothing.” Figure it out, Philly fans!
And there you have today’s hard-hitting sports analysis.