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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!

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