You guys basically severely shut down the Canucks entry into the zone.
We prey on teams that leave a lot of open ice in the neutral zone and use drop passes and speed through center to gain the zone.
Most teams try lining up at the blue line to stop this but just get bowled over by Booth/Kesler/Bieksa/Whomever just bursting through with speed.
But Buffalo chased the puck in the neutral zone taking away time and space from our passing.
Usually we pass a lot in the neutral zone and they're uncontested passes so we get to take advantage of the defense not covering whoever is carrying the puck in.
But when you're pressured as hard as Buffalo was you have to make quick passes to avoid a turnover and that resulted in some turnovers or just sloppy entries like forcing us to settle for a dump and chase.
Suffice it to say, the way Buffalo plays is not ideal for the way Canucks play.
there's a certain poster named jame on here...i'm not totally sure, but i get a vague feeling sometimes that he shares your view on roy
I don't think Roy's a bad player but in comparison to Kesler and Henrik he doesn't match up well.
Also with the way BUF is built, Vanek (the best forward) needs a very good centre to lessen the burden on him.
It's much easier to shut down a star winger when his C isn't up to par. I think teams like WAS and TOR have had the same problem.
Roy could be fine with Ennis on the 2nd line (I believe they have past chemistry) but you would still need a 1C to play on the top line. CoHo isn't that player yet however he could grow into that role.
For BUF to be successful this year they needed more of a Getzlaf type player (but that's much easier said then done).