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Offensive outburst puts Sabres atop league

A way too early look at Buffalo’s success

It’s way too early into the season and easy to get carried away, but how fun has this Sabres team been to watch?

They pulled off an exciting 5-4 overtime-thriller on Wednesday night thanks to Colin Miller setting up Marcus Johansson for a one-timer.

Through four games, Buffalo is leading the NHL in goals scored with 18. That’s not a stat many would have thought they’d see this season. After a four-point game, Jack Eichel is tied for 2nd in the league with 7 points. Rasmus Dahlin is right there with him.

Victor Olofsson is tied for the league-lead with 4 power-play goals.

As a team, the Sabres are 2nd in the league with a power-play percentage of 53.3%. The New York Rangers are ahead of them at 60%, but they’ve only gone 3-for-5 with the man advantage while the Sabres have gone 8-for-15.




I created a chart recently that compares this season’s point total to each of the past four seasons. Through four games, this is the highest Buffalo has been in the past five seasons. You can view that whole chart here.

CAN THEY KEEP THIS UP?

There’s no denying the fact that the power play has been the biggest reason for success. Nearly half of the team’s goals have come with the man advantage. Now there’s no way they can keep up to anything near a 50% conversion rate, but that doesn’t mean they can’t own one of the best power plays in the league.

More importantly, the Sabres are going to need secondary scoring. They’ve been able to play all four lines with confidence, but they’re going to have to see those lines have success while at even strength.

WHAT’S ON TAP?

We’ll see if Buffalo can continue to rack up points. They’ll host the Florida Panthers on Friday and the Dallas Stars on Monday afternoon. After that, they’ll make a trip to the west coast to take on Anaheim, Los Angeles, and San Jose. Then they’ll play the Sharks again at KeyBank Center two days later.




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NHL Standings

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Atlantic Division Leaders:
5028-10-1268
4829-15-462
4726-16-557
Metropolitan Division Leaders:
4933-11-571
4931-13-567
4828-15-561
Wild Card leaders:
5026-16-860
4928-18-359
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4926-17-658
4925-17-757
4922-20-751
5022-21-751
4723-20-450
4817-23-842
4817-24-741
4912-33-428
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Central Division Leaders:
4930-11-868
4827-15-660
4827-17-458
Pacific Division Leaders:
4927-18-458
4926-18-557
5026-19-557
Wild Card leaders:
5125-19-757
5126-20-557
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4925-20-454
5024-20-654
4722-18-751
4822-20-650
5021-25-446
4819-24-543
5018-27-541