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ARE THE NUMBERS THAT OFFENSIVE?

Wednesday, 10.26.2011 / 3:04 PM
By Kevin Snow - Sabres.com / BEYOND THE BOARDS
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BEYOND THE BOARDS
ARE THE NUMBERS THAT OFFENSIVE?
Is goal scoring up or down through the first three weeks of the season? League wide it has dropped, but not to the extent that some may think. Using October 25 as the benchmark date for the past two seasons:

2010-11 (116 GP)
Eastern Conference: 318 goals for (2.74/game)
Western Conference: 322 goals for (2.78/game)

League Total: 640 goals for (5.52/game)

2011-12 (121 GP)
Eastern Conference: 337 goals for (2.79/game)
Western Conference: 305 goals for (2.52/game)

League Total: 642 goals for (5.31/game)

The biggest drop off is in the Western Conference where goal scoring is down .26 game, while the East has seen a bump of .05 – likely thanks to the 63 combined goals scored by Pittsburgh (33) and Washington (30) through 18 games. At this time last season, the top two Eastern teams – Tampa (27) and Pittsburgh (27) – combined to score 54 goals in 17 games.

The Sabres have scored 23 goals in the first eight games, compared to 24 in the first nine on this date last season.



Ryan Miller (Photo: Bill Wippert)
The Sabres wore their royal blue pants and helmets in practice today, in preparation for their first “third jersey” game of the season tomorrow against Columbus. They are scheduled to wear the thirds in eight games this season, including twice on the road. The eight-game schedule is as follows:
  • October 27 vs. Columbus
  • November 5 @ Ottawa
  • November 16 vs. New Jersey
  • December 3 @ Nashville
  • December 9 vs. Florida
  • January 3 vs. Edmonton
  • February 10 vs. Dallas
  • March 14 vs. Colorado
Buffalo will also wear white at home against Toronto on January 13 because the Maple Leafs will be wearing their new third jersey that night.



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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82