Lack of engagement by many (not all) of the forwards in their own zone was one of the biggest problems I saw all night long. Eichel was particularly lax in this. Our D does not overall possess sufficient size, agility or quickness to handle the intense forecheck clinic that the Canes put on last night. This is the playbook for how to handle the Sabres and smart coaches are using it. I'm not an analytics guy but I'm betting they will support my contention that it was obvious that we were manhandled in our own zone. Phil wanted a quick recovery and exit defensive corp and that's what he has. Problem is, they are not very good at handling a pressure forecheck - esp. with a lack of help from the fwds - and this negates Phil's desires. Carolina sent 3 guys deep at times with the deliberate intent to isolate our D man with the puck. No time, no space to work with. The Canes only problem was that they occasionally had to let up on the gas. And when they did, the Sabres showed some life. Bogo was too slow reacting and recovering. McCabe simply is not athletic enough to handle it. Scandella plays a different style of game - wants to be a puck mover vs a battler, Pilut is skilled but too small to handle that kind of physicality, Risto has the tools but is just plain dumb, and Dahlin is still learning. None of these guys are at Josi's, PK's or Ellis's, etc. level Phil. They can't do what you want them to do. It's really simple basic hockey 101.