What Are The Buffalo Sabres Doing Right?

Next3 of 4Prev
Use your ← → (arrows) to browse

Committing Penalties Less Frequently

Oct 14, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Minnesota Wild right wing Jason Pominville (29) and Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jamie McBain (4) go for a loose puck during the first period at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

If you can think back to last season,  you will recall that the Buffalo Sabres were one of the most penalized teams in the NHL, to a tune of 13 minutes per contest (5th worst in the league).  So far this year, the Sabres are only the 12th most penalized team, creating just under 12 minutes worth of penalty time a game.  Is this a phenomenal improvement?  Lord no!   However, that same number number would have pushed the Sabres out of the “worst ten” category last season, and any time you commit less penalties, you increase your ability to win games.  The Sabres only committed four penalties last night to Minnesota’s five, and while you want that number to decrease even more, watching Buffalo get whistled for LESS penalties than their opponents is a nice change of pace from last season!

Next3 of 4Prev
Use your ← → (arrows) to browse

Tags: Buffalo Sabres

  • dave

    There’s nothing to point out it is so bad I can hardly stand to sit through a whole game

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      That’s not the spirit I was shooting for, Dave!!!! :D

    • [email protected]

      You can hardly stand to sit?? That made me laugh.

  • Jes

    Positives Players

    1. Goalies – Played unbelievably well throughout every game (Minus CBJ ame, damn you Miller). They were hung to dry on most nights.

    2. Pysyk – Honestly our best defenseman.

    3. Kaleta – Got his first suspension of the season out of the way. So that should maybe leave one more. LOL.

    Honestly other than Pysyk, Enroth and Miller no other bright spots.

    Positive areas of game

    1. Goaltending

    2. PK

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Ha ha – love what you said about Kaleta! Pysyk has been great; Larsson and Girgensons often make things happen when they play (which isn’t enough) . . . yeah, that’s about it for players!

      • Jes

        Ya I was thinking about putting those two on the list but in all fairness they show up in a streaky pattern. For most part if they are working as hard as we think they are the should be putting up regular points and stuff. I’d like to see Grigorenko, Girgensons and Larsson get more than 10 mins a game to be honest.

  • qwicwted

    As JimBob has so aptly put it, our guys are getting a lot of on the job training – just not all the right guys. We do need to see more of Girgensons and Larsson. Hodgson is working on improving his FO and Defense and Stafford has shown signs of life. The one positive is that our guys have not been blown out and our goalies have kept them in all the games. Maybe a win tonight will boost the confidence.

  • Dano

    “My poor, fellow, dear, suffering Buffalo Sabres fans . . . .”

    *I* am not ‘ suffering. GO STAND IN THE CORNER RICH! :)

    Something positive that nobody has touched on. Were seeing new faces and hopefully we might get a chance to watch them grow.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      My shame knows no limits . . . :D