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SLY NOTES: THE EXTRA POINT

Monday, 02.08.2010 / 1:28 PM / Blogs - Kevin Sylvester
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SLY NOTES: THE EXTRA POINT
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Where to begin?  Is it time to panic?  The recent record would indicate so, losing all four games last week in regulation. 

The words 'in regulation' are the key to that statement. 

Losing is tough enough to live with, but dropping all four without a single point is even tougher. 

The Sabres had done a great job this season when it came to grabbing the “loser” point.  Let’s look at the record before last week:  32-14-7.  That was a total of 21 losses, but with seven defeats (2 in OT, 5 in shootouts) coming with a point. 

Since I’m not great with math, I checked with Will Hunting and he told me that’s 1/3 or 33 percent (I gave the other percentage point for regulation losses on Hunting’s advice) of the losses coming with a point. 

Looking at the other division leaders in the NHL, The Washington Capitals are also at 33 percent with 18 losses and six in OT or S/O, while San Jose was the best of  the division leaders at 45 percent (20 losses, 9 in OT or S/O).  The Sabres were keeping great company until last week.  The four regulation losses dropped that loser point percentage down to 28 percent.  Couple that with the fact the Sabres have the least amount of wins (32) of any division leader, and actually have one less than Ottawa. 

So, is it time to panic? 

No. 

It’s time for the team to tighten things up again in the third period to ensure at least a point.  It was the key to the success up until last week, and it was only one week. 

The other thing the Sabres need to correct to ensure a week such as last week doesn’t happen again is…get the lead. 

Seems obvious as that is the goal of every team in the league, get the lead in keep it.  But the Sabres have been exceptional this season when leading after two periods, a whopping 20-0!  The last win against Boston on January 29, the Sabres scored two in the first to grab an early lead they did not relinquish.  Let’s hope Tuesday’s date with the Bruins brings back good memories for the Sabres to help snap this four-game skid.

OTHER NOTES:

-For those of you that might be upset the Sabres didn’t get Ilya Kovalchuk, here’s the equivalent (in my opinion) that Darcy Regier would have had to send to Atlanta to get the one dimensional rental player.  Chris Butler, Drew Stafford, Tyler Ennis and Draft pick.  No thanks. 

-A big thanks to Toronto for knocking off Ottawa on Saturday night keeping the Sabres atop the division.

-Speaking of Saturday, there was a great Buffalo crowd in Columbus for the game.  Next time the buses from Buffalo should be replaced with snowplows to show the Buckeyes how it’s really done.

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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