By now you have probably noticed that the 2014-2015 Buffalo Sabres are bad, but are they historically bad? Statistics point to yes. Up to now the Sabres have averaged 1.76 goals per game. Through 55 games, the Sabres have been credited with 103 goals. Six of those, however, came as shootout winners, meaning they've scored only 97 regulation/overtime goals.The Sabres also boast a league-worst minus-88 goal differential. Should the Sabres remain on this pace, or worse, it'll be the lowest average since the 1935-36 Montreal Canadiens (1.71), who scored 82 goals in a 48-games season. That's a nearly 80 year span without a team being that inefficient. Chris Stewart may be on his way out of Buffalo soon enough, but he commented on the lack of production to Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: I wouldn’t say it’s shocking. I would say it’s more frustrating personally to me. The fact we know we can put the puck in the net makes this all worse. It’s not about the personnel here as much as it’s about getting hungry in those areas and putting those pucks in the net. There are good goalies in this league. No one is going to hand you free goals. You have to go to those tough areas and when you have them beat, you’ve got to bear down and put them through the net. Especially when you’re struggling. Well if the Sabres wanted to rebuild, the good news is, there's nowhere to go from here but up.
Published on Saturday, February 14 2015
Is this the worst team in 80 years?
By now you have probably noticed that the 2014-2015 Buffalo Sabres are bad, but are they historically bad? Statistics point to yes. Up to now the Sabres have averaged 1.76 goals per game. Through 55 games, the Sabres have been credited with 103 goals
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