Sabres Turning The Corner?

Are the Buffalo Sabres turning the corner and starting to turn into a playoff team?  Well it’s certainly a long way off yet the the Sabres form over the last 10 games certainly gives me some hope.

Following possibly the worst start to a season for a long long while and being the worst team in the NHL by a long way, the Sabres have now won 7 of their last 10 games.

The latest win came with a 1-0 win over defending Stanley Cup Champions the Los Angeles Kings.  This young team certainly seems to have a lot of spring in it’s step at the moment.

At the back Jonas Enroth seems to be edging ahead in the race to be the starting net minder and with Josh Gorges return from injury the Sabres defensively look a lot stronger.

Up front Tyler Ennis is in fantastic form and Brian Gionta seems to be bringing great leadership.  One returnee from injury that for me is helping the team is the return of Patrick Kaleta.  For me he is one of the most underrated players on our roster and his return for me has been key in our recent good form.

Coach Ted Nolan is really believing in this team and giving them time to develop, although there is still a long way to go for us to get back into the playoff picture it certainly seems that things are on the up.

My other team over the pond, the Belleville Bulls, are still performing well and looking good for a playoff spot.  The excellent early season form though has now died off as a 7 game losing streak proved last month.

However form seems to have picked up over the last week or so and the team still sit 3rd in the Eastern Conference, hopefully the team can keep up the recent momentum and have a strong Christmas period.

Finally back over the pond to the Nottingham Panthers who find themselves at the right end of the table and challenging for the elite league title.

Now although the team doesn’t seem to be a team in the traditional ‘Sexy Neilson Hockey’ style, this team certainly epitomises the sense of ‘TEAM’.  An injury to Craig Kowalski has seen Mattias Modig return between the pipes for a 2nd spell.

The team densely as I have said before certainly look strong but the forwards have seem to struggle to find some consistency and form.  This hasn’t been helped by several injuries that we seem to pick up every weekend.

Panthers though despite this find themselves sat 3rd in the league and just a point behind the Clan and Steelers.  With a busy Christmas period coming up I’m sure we’ll see whether we are genuine contenders in the new year!

One thing I do have to say though is that there does seem to be a lot of parity in the league this year and it could be a real fight right down to the wire.

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Finally ‘Blue Peter’ Has A New Owner

News broke on 26th November that the Royal Scot Locomotive and General Trust have completed the purchase of the locomotive No. 60532 ‘Blue Peter’.

This really is fantastic news for what is one of my favourite preserved steam locomotives.  I always thought it was such a shame that the loco was just sat in the round house at Barrow Hill.

Luckily for me now it seems that RSL&GT are looking at returning the locomotive to steam to run once again on the main line.

With Flying Scotsman also on it way back into the steam the thought of seeing a line up of A1 ‘Tornado, A2 ‘Blue Peter’, A3 ‘Flying Scotsman’ and an A4 from 60007 ‘Sir Nigel Gresley’, 60009 ‘Union of South Africa’ or 60019 ‘Bittern’, all in steam is something to get very excited about.

This would quite possibly be even bigger than the line up of all 6 A4’s that I was fortunate to see and pay a visit to last year.

The actual timetable for Blue Peter to be returned to steam is not yet known but even so I have to admit it is certainly something to get very excited about.

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Another N Gauge Building Takes Shape!

This weekend saw me complete another of the Metcalfe Models Card Kits for my N Gauge Model Railway Project.

The kit that I completed this time was PN109 -‘Railway Station Buildings’, I must say the kit was superb and really like the little touches, such as the coping stones for the roof and adding the matchsticks to the barge boards to give the building so depth.

As you can see from the images above and below I do have a small amount of excess Uhu Glue that needs removing but overall the model was very easy to put together and looks fantastic.

The structure of the buildings once built is very good with plenty of strength and even though the waiting shelf is a very small building it really does look great!

I look forward to putting both building in place on my layout, once I have a baseboard that is!

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