Examining the Buffalo Sabres numbers

Saturday, 09.15.2007 / 10:00 AM / Season Preview

By John Kreiser - Columnist's 2007-08 Sabres Season Preview Package:
Intro | Goalies | Defense | Forwards | Feature | Numbers | Sked | Roster

Advantage Margin:
For all their success on the road, the Sabres actually allowed opponents six more power plays than they received; at home, Buffalo had 27 more power-play chances than the opposition.

Even-Strength Goals Margin: +66
Now-departed Daniel Briere led all NHL players with 65 even-strength points, and Thomas Vanek was tied for third with 62. No Sabre was in the top-25 in power-play points.  

Special Teams Goal Margin: -6
The Sabres’ special teams were nothing special. They were outscored 72-71 on the power play and 13-8 shorthanded, allowing a League-high nine shorthanded tallies at home.

Category Rank
(Conference / NHL)
2006-07 Points 113
(1st East / 1st NHL)
Change From 2005-06 +3
Home Points 59
(1st East / 6th NHL)
Road Points 54
(1st East / 1st NHL)

Goals by defensemen: 28
Though they led the NHL in goal-scoring, the Sabres got little from the blue line. Dmitri Kalinin was tops with just seven goals and All-Star Brian Campbell had six, though he chipped in with 42 assists.

Goals by forwards: 270
The most remarkable of Buffalo’s four 30-goal scorers was Jason Pominville, who connected 34 times despite getting just two on the power play. His 30 even-strength goals were one off the league lead.

Overtime Record: 15-3-4 (OT: 5-3, SO: 10-4)
Buffalo had matching 5-2 records in shootouts at home and on the road. But the Sabres looked as different as their home and road jerseys: Their shooters were just 7-for-28 (.250) at home, but 10-for-19 (.526) on the road.

Times Scored First/Record: 48 (Record: 35-11-2)
The Sabres scored first 24 times each at home and on the road. — the road figure was the best in the East and tied with Nashville for the best in the NHL. Buffalo actually was better on the road (18-5-1) than at home (17-6-1) when scoring first.

Best 06-07 Number: 116
Goals in the second period by the Sabres, the most by any team in any period last season. Buffalo’s plus-41 margin in the second period was also a league best.

Worst 06-07 Number: 10
Wins by the Sabres in 25 Saturday games last season, when they went 10-12-3, the only day of the week that Buffalo didn’t have a winning record. They also won 10 times on Thursdays — in just 12 games.

The Sabres get five of their first six games at home before heading out on a five-game trip. Their toughest test will be a seven-game trip that begins in mid-January, but it’s followed by a stretch in which they play 11 of 14 at home.'s 2007-08 Sabres Season Preview Package:
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Quote of the Day

It's something that you don't really envision starting this way, but when you put the work in you don't feel like it's unwarranted. You definitely don't envision it unfolding this way, but you do think you can be successful at this level.

— Senators goalie Andrew Hammond, who defeated the Jets on Wednesday to improve to 6-0-1 since making his first NHL start on Feb. 18