This stat could be a key reason why the Sabres are turning things around

The Buffalo Sabres improvement in the standings may be contributed to the improvement in shots on goal.
Buffalo Sabres v Edmonton Oilers
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The Buffalo Sabres are inching closer and closer to a playoff berth. It’s been a surprising turnaround considering at the start of March they had lost three in a row and had a couple of trades that looked like they were looking toward the future. However, they are on a three game winning streak and most importantly, inching closer to a playoff spot.

Over the last few games, one thing that has improved is shots on goal. In the three-game winning streak against Edmonton, Detroit and the New York Islanders they have had 103 shots on goal.  Compared to the last three-game losing streak previous shots on goal were 72.

Another area where Buffalo has improved in the games they have won is the pressure and attempts. From February 21 to February 25 where they had their first three-game winning streak of the season, they had 92 shots compared to the 103 this past week.

One reason for the sustained pressure may be the addition of defenseman Bowen Byram. Since he was acquired via trade on March 6, the Sabres are 3-1 and he has contributed with three goals and two assists. Byram has a plus-minus differential of +5. In the previous four games before his arrival, the Sabres took 102 shots. Since his first game against Nashville, they had 137.

If Buffalo wishes to continue to make a push for the playoffs, the pressure they continue to put in will be vital. They have been aggressive and are continuing to play their brand of hockey. One example was Zach Benson’s first goal in the victory against the Islanders. Benson scored by deflecting a shot by Henri Jokiharju. The goal was helped along the way by Jordan Greenway screening Islanders goalie, Ilya Sorokin.

The Sabres will continue to fight for a playoff spot in Detroit as they will face off against the Red Wings tomorrow afternoon. They won’t see home ice until March 27th as the Sabres have five straight road games coming up.