Buffalo Sabres: Linus Ullmark starting to find his game

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark (35). (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY )Sports
Buffalo Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark (35). (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY )Sports /

The Buffalo Sabres continue to see a familiar trend over their past four games. Every single one has been won or lost by a singular goal.

After slotting a two-game series against the Washington Capitals that ended in a shootout, the Sabres went 1-1 against the New York Rangers. It certainly shows that Buffalo is heading in the right direction especially when you see how Linus Ullmark has been performing.

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In the victory over the Rangers on Tuesday, Ullmark allowed two goals on 30 shots and gave the Sabres a chance in the rematch as he made 36 saves in the overtime loss. That seems to be a big development early into this season.

Every NHL team can see their chances improve or go down the tank depending on how their goaltending has been. Safe to say, this has been an issue for the Sabres for a long time, essentially since Ryan Miller was the starter.

If the Sabres can get average to even above average goaltending from Ullmark and Carter Hutton, they can challenge in the East Division. Any slip up from them over a stretch and Buffalo’s chances will shrink significantly since there isn’t much room for error.

Buffalo Sabres seeing Dylan Cozens production increase as he settles in

The Sabres knew they had something in Dylan Cozens when they draft him in 2019 and after moving him up in the lineup, he made the most of the opportunity.

Cozens netted his first two goals in the NHL against the Capitals and Rangers which should offer some encouragement when you consider the Sabres desperate need for secondary scoring. It was a big focus of Buffalo’s makeover in the offseason and considering the focus that continues to be placed on Jack Eichel, it’s nice to get more support down the lineup.

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What are your thoughts on the Sabres’ start to the season? Can they find some consistency and enter the playoff picture? Let us know in the comments below.