There may be no NHL or Buffalo Sabres for the remainder of 2012, but the AHL affiliate of the Sabres, the Rochester Americans, are off to hot start to their season.
The Amerks are currently 5-2-1-0 in their young season, collecting points in their last 5 games. The surge has been powered in part by the Amerks 4-goals-per-game average, as the team leads the AHL in goals with 33. Buffalo native David Leggio has tended the nets in every single minute of the Amerks games thus far, and leads the league in wins and saves.
The Amerks leaderboard for points is a 3-way tie between Marcus Foligno, Cody Hodgson, and TJ Brennan. Each player has 10 points in 8 games. Brennan is 2nd in points among all AHL defensemen. Oklahoma City’s Justin Schultz has 12. Hodgson leads the league with 9 assists.
The power-play for the Amerks has been positively potent, as the unit is 2nd in the league with 12 goals. The team sports a solid 25% success rate. Also hot for the Amerks: Brayden McNabb and Evan Rankin, as both are on 5-game point streaks.
Coming up in November are 10 games for the Amerks, including 6 home games:
November 2 – Amerks host Hamilton Bulldogs (this will be a televised game)
November 3 – Amerks visit Hamilton
November 9 – Amerks host Adirondack Phantoms
November 10 – Amerks visit Syracuse Crunch
November 14 – Amerks visit Hamilton
November 16 – Amerks host Abbotsford Heat
November 17 – Amerks visit Binghamton Senators
November 23 – Amerks host Albany Devils
November 28 – Amerks host San Antonio Rampage
November 30 – Amerks host Toronto Marlies