Vets like Lydman can’t make boneheaded mistakes

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Anyone else catch Toni Lydman giving up the puck in his own zone on Tuesday, a horrible piece of positioning that directly led to the first goal in the Sabres’ loss to Anaheim?

It’s the kind of giveaway a veteran defenseman can’t make in normal circumstances. But certainly not when his team is without its two most important players in Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek.

Buffalo needs to play nearly flawless hockey to put together a winning record over this stretch. If so, and the stars return healthy and rested, the Sabres could be a in a great spot with seven of 12 games in March at home.

But with experienced guys like Lydman coughing up the puck at inopportune times — like the move that gave Teemu Selanne a breakaway and the first goal on Tuesday — they’ve got little chance to hold on to a playoff spot.

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