One thing each Buffalo Sabres player MUST get better at in the second half of 2023-24

The Buffalo Sabres enter the second half of their 2023-24 season tonight in what is their third game vs. the Ottawa Senators, and each player must improve.

Jan 9, 2024; Buffalo, New York, USA;  Buffalo Sabres left wing Jeff Skinner (53) celebrates his goal
Jan 9, 2024; Buffalo, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres left wing Jeff Skinner (53) celebrates his goal / Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
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With the Buffalo Sabres looking to change the trajectory of their season as Game 42 will commence tonight, let’s look at one aspect of each player’s game they must improve in for the second half. Clearly, when you are one of the worst teams in hockey at the moment, there are a lot of improvements to make, but if each player gets better in just the one area listed below, that alone will account for better results. 

This list reflects everyone currently on the Sabres 23-man roster as of January 10th. Therefore, if anyone is called up to the big club because of injuries or ailments, they will not be included. Anyway, let’s explore what each member of the Sabres must work on for a better second half to 2023-24.

Casey Mittelstadt
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What each Buffalo Sabres player must improve in the second half

1 - Casey Mittelstadt - Taking more shots

While you can claim Casey Mittelstadt is the Sabres best forward through 41 games, he’s still passing even when there is an open lane. Mittelstadt has a 16.9 shooting percentage, showing he’s more than capable of finding the back of the net.

2 - Jeff Skinner - Defense

Jeff Skinner is a stud offensively, but every year, he’s a defensive liability for a team that needs to collectively step up when not in possession of the puck. If the Sabres want to embark on a surprise run, Skinner needs to pitch in on defense way more than he has.

3 - Rasmus Dahlin - Outmuscling opponents near the crease

Rasmus Dahlin is without a doubt one of the Blue and Gold’s more physical players. But he needs to get in better position near the crease when the Sabres are in the defensive zone and help clear the area more. This will negate would-be goals and keep games more manageable.