2 – Power play
Ironically, the Buffalo Sabres penalty kill has been magnificent, stopping six of seven attempts in the season’s early going. However, their power play has been non-existent, going 0 for 5 in two games, being one of just seven teams in the NHL yet to score on the man advantage as of Sunday morning.
When the Sabres primary scorers find their groove, the power play should improve as a unit, so this isn’t something you need to be particularly worried about yet. If it’s not looking good by the end of the month, then we can start panicking.
In the 2023-24 season’s early going, this is the complete opposite of what we saw last year, when the penalty kill was the problem and the power play was a top ten unit. Ideally, we’ll look for the PK to hold while the power play looks to find its rhythm.