Share this article

print logo

Sabres’ numbers paint a picture that’s worth a thousand four-letter words

As the NHL begins its All-Star break, many Sabres have boarded a 737 out of the (716). Who can blame them for wanting to take five?

One Buffalo has become None Buffalo in regards to wins. Anyone who expects two points is well into a 12-pack. The season was deep-sixed at Game 32. Folks are hoping for trades at the 11th hour, but too many bargaining chips are a dime a dozen. The team is behind the 8 ball, but the organization is No. 1 for a lottery ball. Fans will be on Cloud Nine if the Sabres draft a prospect who’s one in a million.

There are no two ways about it, numbers can tell a story. The tale of Buffalo’s first half is worthy of the third degree. Here’s a look:

-1,224: The Sabres’ league-worst Corsi number, which means opponents have attempted 1,224 more shots than Buffalo. That’s an average of 26 per game (66-40).

-26: The rating of defenseman Josh Gorges, who is last in the NHL.

-23: The rating of defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen and forward Chris Stewart, who are behind everyone but Gorges.

0: Victories in the last 11 games, the longest losing streak in franchise history. Also, number of Sabres with a positive plus/minus rating.

.899: Save percentage of the Sabres’ goaltenders, which ranks 25th.

.952: Jhonas Enroth’s save percentage in shootouts, sixth among goalies.

1: Victories in the last 16 games (1-14-1). Also, number of power-play goals by Matt Moulson, who had nine last year.

1.6: Shooting percentage for Tyler Myers, who has one goal on 63 shots.

2: Number of goals by Cody Hodgson, who was second on team last season with 20.

3: Number of players who have played in every game (Tyler Ennis, Zemgus Girgensons, Nicolas Deslauriers).

3.53: Goals allowed per game, last in the NHL.

4: Road victories, tied with Edmonton for fewest.

6: Shootout victories, tied for second most behind Anaheim (seven).

8: Regulation and overtime victories, fewest in the league. Also, short-handed goals allowed, most in the NHL. Also, number of times shut out, most in the league.

9.9: Sabres’ power-play percentage, worst in the league.

13: Goals by Girgensons, most on the team.

16: Assists by Ennis, most on the team.

19: Number of losses by three goals or more, most in the NHL.

22: Times the Sabres have trailed after one period, tied with Philadelphia for most.

25: Fighting majors, most in the NHL.

25:17: Ice time per game for Myers, eighth in the league.

28: Points by Ennis, most on the team. He ranks 97th in the NHL.

30: Sabres’ place in the 30-team league.

35: Games remaining.

35.1: Shots allowed per game, most in the league.

45.3: Buffalo’s faceoff percentage, last in the NHL.

51: Penalty minutes by Myers, most on the team.

60: Goals allowed during second periods, most in the NHL.

64: Goals allowed during third periods, most in the NHL.

81: Percentage likelihood of Buffalo finishing 30th in the NHL, according to

96.1: The announced attendance percentage for Buffalo’s home games, which ranks 20th in the league.

99: Percentage likelihood of Buffalo finishing last in the Eastern Conference, according to

127: Blocked shots by Gorges, second most in the NHL.

152: Hits by Deslauriers, fifth most in the NHL.

155: Days until the NHL Draft.


There are no comments - be the first to comment