NHL Standings ordered by goals scored: Buffalo Sabres break into the Top 20

How do the Buffalo Sabres stack up against the NHL’s other 31 teams in terms of goals scored as we near the All-Star Break in the 2023-24 season?

Jan 27, 2024; San Jose, California, USA; Buffalo Sabres right wing Alex Tuch (89) skates against
Jan 27, 2024; San Jose, California, USA; Buffalo Sabres right wing Alex Tuch (89) skates against / Robert Edwards-USA TODAY Sports
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The Buffalo Sabres have struggled to find the net consistently in their first 49 games, but their recent surge in January saw them score 35 goals in 11 games, good for 3.18 per contest. Those numbers allowed the Blue and Gold to sneak into the top 20 in goals for when ranked against the rest of the league. 

Sure, it’s still a far cry from the team that finished third in scoring last season, but the Sabres may have finally found their groove offensively when they needed to the most. If they can keep scoring the way they did in January 2024 following the All-Star Break, Buffalo will ultimately break into the top half of the field. 

However, their goaltending and defensive play must also continue to hold up if they want to inch closer to the wild card in February, which they are still a good nine points out of. But speaking of postseason contenders, let’s check out where Buffalo ranks against those currently sitting in either the top three or a wild card from a scoring standpoint. 

Buffalo Sabres find themselves in the top 20 in goals scored

  1. Colorado Avalanche - 190
  2. Vancouver Canucks - 186
  3. Dallas Stars - 183
  4. Tampa Bay Lightning - 175
  5. Detroit Red Wings - 174
  6. Boston Bruins - 173
  7. Toronto Maple Leafs - 166
  8. Vegas Golden Knights - 163
  9. Carolina Hurricanes - 163
  10. New York Rangers - 161
  11. New Jersey Devils - 161
  12. Edmonton Oilers - 160
  13. Florida Panthers - 158
  14. Ottawa Senators - 151
  15. Calgary Flames - 149
  16. Minnesota Wild - 149
  17. Winnipeg Jets - 148
  18. Nashville Predators - 148
  19. Philadelphia Flyers - 147
  20. Buffalo Sabres - 146
  21. Los Angeles Kings - 145
  22. Columbus Blue Jackets - 145
  23. New York Islanders - 143
  24. Arizona Coyotes - 143
  25. Pittsburgh Penguins - 138
  26. St. Louis Blues - 137
  27. Seattle Kraken - 136
  28. Montreal Canadiens - 136
  29. Anaheim Ducks - 126
  30. Washington Capitals - 115
  31. Chicago Blackhawks - 105
  32. San Jose Sharks - 103

As you can see, there aren’t many teams currently entrenched either in the top-three of their respective division or in the wild card that the Buffalo Sabres rank higher than from a goal-scoring perspective. It also shows that this season, if you want to win, you need to score, so if the Blue and Gold continue to average 3.18 per game, they may end up making things interesting in February, March, and April, assuming their goaltending holds. 

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(Information provided by Hockey-Reference)