Happy Monday Paula how are you today. I'm doing well thank you very much for coming ominous. You know it Lindy said that holds had -- -- thing I thought he was joking but maybe the players were taking them serious. There -- four wins edit and on the way there I mean. -- look at the scheduled said it was a week that was really important and a to at least go three and one if not porno because the schedule can help them out a little bit and give them credit they did exactly what they needed to do. Yeah and record for the nuggets -- -- think it's up there but you're still tight and you have any mention that he has shaken your way out of it. Got your -- of auto also. You know not only the Washington Capitals but you know abruptly Ottawa Senators into the conversation also. But its interest in -- all of us winning that they've done if they had they had to do. All this wedding I mean make because. That you know of they're just -- right now so. You know. Really there wasn't any place where they -- well lost that game a set of wanna I mean they've they've had to do with the way they've done it. -- picked the bit about the players and their attitude of late because I think where it's. It was Ryan Miller and might have been after the Montreal game penalty was the ranger game but he talked about it's just to step. You know we have a lot of work to do it seems like they've done a pretty good job of not getting caught up. In the record and how well they're playing and all that and staying rather even keel and focused on a game to game basis. -- they have. You know they have there's been -- quiet confidence. That that cocky it's not. And we've accomplished anything. And me in the you know that's one thing they've they've at all longer. You know we have we haven't done a thing we still have a lot of games to go get just. You know that is the that was back when I was asking Leo now now you control your own destiny. You know they they had their destiny in their own hands which is they still do so com. Innovative things seem to have a pretty good their shoulders on what this is about in. Like OK we've gotten here we can't quit that we got to keep going there's still a lot of hockey to be played yet. So and that's you know from time to time certainly a couple of months ago Paul we're talking a lot about. The leaders of this team not just the guys were in letters but you know what kind of leadership there was inside the locker room and I would assume. That those guys are an important part of the hole even keel don't anybody get too high you haven't accomplished anything approach. Exactly and he. They've been doing what it's something -- -- you and I have talked about many times not this year but you know we're in the past years you know. They didn't need to blow this thing up that they needed to tweak it and they've done that now you know -- is gone they've brought a couple of guys and over the summer. You know that and they went injuries. And they and they inspire another boy and it's a pick -- what type of trade deadline because they had to bring some people up from Rochester. You know Leno had to come up he brought hot and then. And you know they've they've they've tweaked around a little bit and I don't know if there -- finished -- they're not as far as you know. Getting all the way but they've they probably need to treat -- a little bit more by it. It's just not the same old team anymore then you know it is is it's. You know it's a different -- doubt that maybe maybe this group is done Palestinian tight situation. You know it's something they've done for years. But you know it's if it's a different team now that says they've they've changed it enough that's just they may have changed the the way that they operate to. Yeah I was gonna bring that up because Friday night Paul some of the guys after the win over the Rangers were talking about how. You know if they were in that position a couple of months ago. They would have found a way to lose the game they would have converted the odd man rush is maybe they would have taken a series of penalties when the game was tied maybe they would have given up the next goal. Air -- turn over would have ended up in the -- it just seems like you know they they just have a certain confidence about them that they just -- couple months ago. You know even scored an open net goal which Paper and often don't do against Minnesota and it was a nice open net goal mean dollars in -- Yeah it was off angle. -- was -- Eddie you know you pop up quite the opposite corner we're an angle where it looked like he had not an issue that. And there are so you're right it was a beautiful fanatical. That just beat the buzzer but it you know that that's one thing. You know it's been a bugaboo of there's for years of they did -- at the open net -- -- the game away. And then sometimes they wind up getting tied up and then have to overtime or whatever so. It's it's just a little bit different group then you know so far so good just like the way this group has has meshed together so -- Well it audit took a long time to get to it but that sets us up for what we're talking about this morning what is the feeling for this team. Because you know what I know Paul I mean I personally went into the season thinking they're a lock for the playoffs they're gonna win a first round series. And then it'll take my chances in the second round maybe they can go beyond that who knows and that all of a sudden it went to. They're gonna miss the playoffs the going to be one of the worst teams in the league maybe try to get a good draft pick. The back now. Maybe they can pull this off what I thought it was impossible so. They're playing well goalies playing well the defense that are playing well. The offense is now scoring goals it's not a -- to get beyond two on the scoreboard. They've got an incredibly hot line right now but other guys are stepping their game up so what is the feeling for this team now. Who knows I mean if you're just you never know what it's -- its. And that's the thing. You know you're your -- and against and you know you and -- Better. They've looked to be a little bit better offensive team now. And the other line as red hot and you know -- they have really really played well recently and starting to get a little bit contributions from other -- Harmon -- got off each night more than a little -- while ago. Zanuck finally scored a -- hot and now he's he appears to be. To a place now where he's going to add to the offense and you know the possibly -- -- and just getting goals from other places now and just the one line. That happens that you know they can be very tough to beat me in the you know they were observed they've done all of us winning. -- with. -- either one lying -- -- side -- the other but what basically a one line pony and and they've been able to do with -- all this winning -- that now you start getting contributions from other places. You know they they make it big -- -- very difficult seemed to be. Paul held in -- -- 80305 victim get your calls here just the second following up on Hobson Paul. You know we and you you've talked a lot about well I mean first when he got here the whole traveling from the west to these back to the west. Back it and get in any really any serious practice time for awhile. Do you think though he finally he's got what I think three multiple point games that he finally looked comfortable. Yeah I think he does. And his style overconfident. You know we hear Thomas Mann -- really talk about that constantly about. You know in the at this game as -- confident confident that everything in this. And you know I think he's right I mean to a point and you know -- and finally sit in a little bit and you know -- Just to get to know -- -- and and to know there you know what's it like on the ice than. And that's that's the thing you know he's been able to wanted dinner with about storm now -- I don't know I was living situation -- though he's in a hotel appears living. With one of the players. Just. You know just to feel like the right thing of these these because they know. This is a city I know that the team I noticed the coaching staff I know. You know they they trusted me on the ice and and just to get. You know at this point two year old -- never betrayed him before Illinois did is play games. And never got a chance to get -- and really any meaningful practice time. Just. Figured things out out there figure out what expected him and how he can help other players get better -- those other players can help them be better. And you know finally he had to do -- here a couple of system in the back in a couple of goals and now -- appears to be on his way. 8030550. To join us Paul Hamilton with a sabres of course. Next game is tomorrow night the big game in Washington and -- on WGR with Paul go right ahead. Our bank are basically mark our guys Kabul he. Appoint them militants you guys like twenty minutes now but I'm. The sabres will make the first round up that you -- -- get -- -- warrant that they'll make the first round of the playoffs allude to the Rangers and -- only reason why. The Rangers have two more players that are have more skilled -- this sabres. I would rather play raiders in the first round. That Watson the first route all the reason why is because chi Chu Randi Miller the first. What would the third game of the year that we played against. But I -- it's an entirely like what you guys have. If they if they made the playoffs I think most of us would agree you'd rather see them play the Rangers than Pittsburgh Boston. Think who is still -- abracadabra Richards Richards navy. Count I mean well Kelly is actually he's a combo he's got toughness and ability to score but I would certainly meant Gabbert in Richards. Yeah. Maybe. I don't know well there without -- -- And he's out now we think we're gonna have a conversation about that -- good to Richard Richards has been a huge disappointment this year. Not play it was close to what I've seen them play in the past so but anyway. -- are as good as they are all the Rangers have scored nine more goals in the sabres. Right. That we would be a good series American that are in the you know -- Sabres have no chance. You know you're just never know I mean who would've thought particularly locked in New York is and that's one was game like that. Where you know he see me now one question is not had a good month. Men use the struggle a little bit this past month so you know who knows you don't want his game will be act once play -- start. 8030550. Paulus and lines open if you wanna get -- you're -- question or comment. John you're on WGR 550 with Paul -- go right ahead. Good morning guys thanks for my couple and then walked among all of those who is that is but he offered here. And in -- which was going out a couple of months ago and my question is now it is the favorite topic the play out. Do you think the -- is going to be back. Right the way blocked by the -- nothing really ever get accomplished. And I think in my back and wanted to. And the thing and it is not a goal of on the Paper I believe it's 8% -- accept it Ryan Miller and he is determined -- came out. And had not been a lot but I like -- you're not really about what the appearance if they think that. You know they ever gonna get back -- -- Come September in if -- need the change they just bought more time because of the street that. I know what -- gonna say but go ahead Paul. If he was never on either one of them you the at least from their bosses met. And what matters so. There was never any -- there and neither one -- remember that winning the danger of losing their job and we're not going to lose their job and still are not going to matter what happens here in the playoffs and -- good manners going to lose their job so. Offense to put all the government wants to. As far as internally there's zero he got them at all. The other team is built around Miller there's no question about that that's where they decided to go and when Miller was was not playing well it was I think the worst thing that went hand in hand. You Miller wasn't playing well part of the reason was. You know leave the impression he had received in this wasn't quite right front. Comeback from a the other part of the reason is. Most nights -- Three ever in the lineup on defense sometimes more. And yeah that's tough to do when you went you know you know injuries happened but when you've got an -- shelled the -- At least half the guys are from the age all of someplace -- even more for same period of time. There in the -- -- for a reason you know they came up and -- fine I mean what nobody really came up and embarrassed themselves. Philly was somewhat overs said that he improved a little bit too when he when he came up but. -- there's still a HL defenseman. And I guess it's not a coincidence that wants the NHL defensemen came back there was again where often were here. And not only defenseman but and it came back this thing game against the majors in doubles. And you can look back that's when all of -- winning started so. You know -- that helped Ryan Miller to Ryan Miller has played very very well but just to have an NHL. Defensive front of all my I think it's helped him to. Paul -- let's stayed up 30550s. We get you ready for the big game tomorrow night against Washington and Lindy will be honest -- morning at 8 o'clock talk about that as well. Bobby -- with Paul here on WG Arafat if you go right ahead. I'll feel a pretty wide right not all poll the winter classic. -- Olympics. Port street so horrible losses I'm not about Lambert buddy pulled you out there are you -- then granite capital art -- see dollar right. -- I think it's gonna happen a little more formality of the transaction I'm just saying why are they letting the 1993 Buffalo Bills play capital surviving the the -- isn't like you did real well boyfriend's gonna come and if the caps win he's not gonna get any money because he had you know. -- -- -- of those games he brought up have to do with tomorrow. Analysts. Everything layer and I'll wrap your games and tomorrow. Paul I want you to go to practice that I want you to ask all of the sabres how much all those games that the guy does mention it's weighing in fact well if you couldn't conduct the interview like this just walk up. And now -- Todd Myers say opt out. Wide right. And hold the microphone on the slots are thought this a no goal at your thoughts. I which ever team loses tomorrow is not out of it now not at all I'll say that right now while I can put it this way -- -- And this is the truth -- -- it is a loss is more damaging to the sabres that it is that a capital because the capitals up tiebreaker so you know technically. Even though they're tied on points he might as well -- Washington as being. I had so the sabres lose their backs three -- the capitals lose technically the kind of back one. You know so. Org and our goal on carpet right now whichever team loses mile is not out of it agreed. I am not I'm not even close about it because the back in can go a lot caps -- sabres -- and now you're right back there. That's what my last question Paul is gonna be that no. -- at the break -- -- again but how does Lindy what does he say it was team what's his message because as you guys just said. They win tomorrow night they don't clinch they lose tomorrow night they are not out of it especially in Ottawa in play now as well so. How to how how big that he played this one up. I think we're you know -- -- first thing he told them to do was get hockey out of your minds yesterday. You go home. You know be with your family. Refresh yourself. And be ready to practice that. And you know show up today and be ready to go. And that the things so that that's part of the preparation part of preparation is we've played a lot of hockey lately black. It's some -- enjoy your family. And then and nice thing now lawyers they play one game at five days. This this Washington game viewing game there played five days. So they can kinda get the breath a little bit here after a lot of hockey was played a long long time a lot of three and four nights -- -- the three more games in four nights and whatever it back to back mole thing. I mean -- finally gonna get a little chance here to catch your breath and you know I think it's just all part of the process I don't think he's gonna approach it differently today. That he. Here's here's the game -- it's what we got to do when a hockey game -- so -- hockey. I all right mr. Helton thank you as always for your time and I hope you have a glorious week.