Patrick Kaleta Is My Homeboy!

Jim Cowan@jimicowanCorrespondent IDecember 15, 2009

RALEIGH, NC - FEBRUARY 26:  Rod Brind'Amour #17 of the Carolina Hurricanes is knocked to the ice after being hit by Patrick Kaleta #36 of the Buffalo Sabres during the game on February 26, 2009 at RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Who is this guy and what have they done with the real Patrick Kaleta? Three goals in the last two games...with no time in the hot box! It took No. 36 26 games to get to three goals and now he's a scoring machine.

November was busy month for Kaleta being sent away for 37 minutes. He's up to 11 PIM midway through December but hasn't committed a crime in the past two games. That isn't necessarily unheard of, but couple that with scoring three goals! In fact five of the past twelve goals have come from the third line. Not too shabby!

While Buffalo certainly isn't breaking any scoring records this season thus far, they are tied for second best in goals allowed. Miller is a badass, we all know this, but this also could show dividends are paying off from offseason defensive moves.

Either way, whoever is scoring or not, wins are wins and points are points. The Sabres need all they can get with a beautiful four-game week; their second four-game week in a row dammitall! At Ottawa Wednesday then home vs Toronto and Pittsburgh Friday and Saturday respectively.


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