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December in Review

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On December 1, the Buffalo Sabres sat in the basement of the National Hockey League with a league-low 6 wins, coupled with 20 losses and 4 overtime losses. Thirty days later, things would look a little more rosy for the franchise.

The month of December saw the evolution of rookie Zemgus Girgensons. Before December, Girgensons had tallied 7 points (1 goal, 6 assists) in 27 games. In 12 December games, Girgensons amassed 7 points (3 goals, 4 assists). Increased development meant increased ice-time for Girgensons as well, as he averaged 16:07 per game in the month.

Another big story line from December was the play of goaltender Ryan Miller. The month of December might just be the best we’ve ever seen Miller. In eight starts, Miller recorded a .948 save percentage. That happens to be the best save percentage that Miller has recorded, when making more than 4 starts in a month. Miller also put up a 1.82 goals allowed average, or 15 goals allowed on 291 shots. That stat is the lowest Miller has recorded since November 2009, when he recorded a 1.81 GAA.

The month of December saw Buffalo compile 21 goals, while allowing 28 goals. The team’s overall goal differential of -42 remains the worst in the league.

Buffalo accumulated a 5-5-2 December record, gaining 12 of a possible 24 points. Although Buffalo gained half of the month’s possible points, they remained in last place in the Eastern Conference throughout the month of December.

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NHL Standings

TEAMGPRECPTS
Atlantic Division Leaders:
2920-3-646
3013-11-632
2713-9-531
Metropolitan Division Leaders:
3122-4-549
2719-6-240
2916-8-537
Wild Card leaders:
2916-9-436
2917-11-135
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2814-11-331
2913-11-531
3013-13-430
2613-10-329
2811-13-426
2912-16-125
289-14-523
307-20-317
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Central Division Leaders:
3018-6-642
2818-8-238
2917-10-236
Pacific Division Leaders:
3118-10-339
3117-10-438
3115-11-535
Wild Card leaders:
3016-11-335
2914-11-432
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2914-11-432
3015-13-232
3014-12-432
2712-10-529
2912-12-529
2912-13-428
3011-17-224