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Advantage Margin +33

The Sabres' lack of success at home wasn't due to a shortage of power plays. They had 191 advantages at home while giving up 145, the fewest in the League.

Even-Strength Goals Margin +7

The Sabres slumped badly at even strength -- they were plus-65 in 2006-07, when they won the Presidents' Trophy. They missed Daniel Briere, who had 65 points at even strength before leaving as a free agent.
    
Special Teams Goal Margin +11

Though their offense stumbled from 2006-07, Sabres' special teams were improved from their minus-6 showing. The penalty-killers were outstanding, allowing only 56 goals and scoring nine times while shorthanded.        

Goals by defensemen 25        

BUFFALO SABRES
2007-08 SEASON STATS

Category Rank (Conference)
2007-08 Points 90
(10TH eAst/18TH NHL)
Change from 2006-07 -23
Home Points 46
(10th eAst/23RD NHL)
Away Points 44
(8tH eAst/12 NHL)
The Sabres will miss Brian Campbell, who had five goals and 43 points before being traded to San Jose at the deadline. Jaroslav Spacek had nine goals in just 60 games.

Overtime Record             Total: 9-3-9 | OT: 6-3 | SO: 4-9

Had the Sabres done as well in shootouts in 2006-07 as they did in '05-06 (10-4), they'd have made the playoffs. Their biggest problems came at home, where they were 1-5 and allowed nine goals on 16 attempts.
    
Times Scored First 37 | Record 25-6-6        

This was another area in which the Sabres were down sharply from 2006-07, when they scored first 48 times. The biggest drop came on the road, when they got the first goal just 17 times, compared with 24 in '06-07.

Best 07-08 Number 98

The Sabres' goal output in the third period, the highest total in the League. Buffalo's problems came in the first period, when the Sabres scored only 64 times.

Worst 07-08 Number 76

Games played by goaltender Ryan Miller, who showed the effects of the lack of rest down the stretch. The Sabres were never able to find a trustworthy backup, a role they hope Patrick Lalime will fill this season.
    
Scheduling

The Sabres generally have one of the NHL's better travel schedules. Their toughest stretch comes from Jan. 10-Feb. 2, when they play nine of 10 games on the road, including a six-game trip in which they go from Florida to Alberta to Phoenix and Anaheim.

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