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Examining the Buffalo Sabres numbers

Saturday, 09.15.2007 / 10:00 AM / Season Preview

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist


 

NHL.com's 2007-08 Sabres Season Preview Package:
Intro | Goalies | Defense | Forwards | Feature | Numbers | Sked | Roster


Advantage Margin:
+21
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.

Scheduling:
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.

NHL.com's 2007-08 Sabres Season Preview Package:
Intro | Goalies | Defense | Forwards | Feature | Numbers | Sked | Roster

 

 

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