What Are The Buffalo Sabres Doing Right?

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Goaltending

I saved the most obvious strength the Sabres have displayed this season for last because . . . well, because it’s too obvious to start with, and that’s just no fun!

Oct 14, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth (1) looks for the puck against the Minnesota Wild during the second period at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Did you know that the Sabres have given up the most shots in the NHL, to the tune of 242 shots on goal so far in just 7 games?  They are in first by by 25 shots!  They are outshot by an average of almost 10 shots per game.  Yet the Sabres have lost five out of their seven games by just one goal – that’s astonishing.  Even more astonishing is that Ryan Miller (.941 save percentage) and Jhonas Enroth (.909) both rank among the top 25 goalies in the NHL in terms of save percentage AND goals allowed. I know Miller had a tough season last year, and virtually no one is looking forward to seeing Enroth become the starter . . . but right now, no Sabres fan has a legitimate complaint about either one of these guys.  Buffalo’s goalies are the biggest reason the Sabres have been in so many 1-goal contests, and are the best thing going for this team right now.

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  • 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