Buffalo Sabres Twelve Days Of Christmas Day Eleven

On the eve of the final day of the Christmas season (which means that next week stores will start rolling out their Christmas 2015 advertising) we

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take a look at the +/- stat – something the Buffalo Sabres need a grave improvement on for Christmas.

The Sabres have just one player that has a positive plus/minus statistic.  Just one.  Can you guess who it is?  Ok, no looking, but I will tell you.  Matt Ellis, and he has only appeared in nine games for the Buffalo Sabres so far this year.  Alexander Sulzer, Luke Adam, and Brayden McNabb all have a respectable even rating.  That is four guys on the roster that has featured, 29 players in at least one game.

There are a handful of guys that are between 0 and -5 – and those are to be expected on a hockey team that isn’t outscoring every opponent they come across.  What is very troublesome for the Buffalo Sabres is having a guy like Mike Weber, who was finally supposed to get his chance after years of being buried in Rochester/Portland and being the odd man out in the press box when he was in Buffalo.

Mike Weber hasn’t proven himself to be a valuable defenseman this year, leading the Buffalo Sabres with a -19 rating.  Steve Ott is not far behind him with a -18.  With the number of breakaways that Ott has failed to capitalize on – his number could easily be reduced.

Seven members of the Sabres have a double digit negative rating, and the entire team is one or two shifts away from being completely in the negative.

The good thing about the +/- rating – is if the team starts winning, this number should start turning around.  The ones that are left with a negative rating, are probably the guys that are costing the team.  Right now, its just another bad stat in a horrible year.

It doesn’t help the team that they have a -45 goal differential.  The only other team that comes close is the Edmonton Oilers with a -41.  Can the Buffalo Sabres get to 11 players with a positive +/- rating before the end of the season?

Topics: Buffalo Sabres, Matt Ellis, Mike Weber, Twelve Days Of Christmas

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  • Jes

    Won’t happen until you get a new coach that preaches offense rather then just grinding it out and players that can score. Other then that this stat will stay the same, maybe even worse when Ott and Moulson leave.

    • qwicwted

      Have to agree with you Jes – seems we are always playing for the tie

      • Jes

        Yup IMO qwitched Nolan would be a great assistant coach. But a head coach in todays NHL he can’t make it happen IMO. We should bounce on Laviolette in the summer naming him head coach and demote Nolan as assistant coach if he wants to be. This whole “Sandpaper” approach he’s been taking has really done nothing IMO. Made us better on the defensive side of things but basically a no show on the offensive side of things.

  • Dano

    ” Can the Buffalo Sabres get to 11 players with a positive +/- rating before the end of the season?”

    Nope. Maybe 2 or 3 at most. Giving up 30-40 shots ( sometimes 40+ ) a game earlier in the season buried them too far under in the whole +/- scheme of things.