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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

TEAMGPRECPTS
Atlantic Division Leaders:
1711-3-325
199-6-422
179-5-321
Metropolitan Division Leaders:
1813-2-329
1612-3-125
1710-5-222
Wild Card leaders:
1710-6-121
178-4-521
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179-6-220
179-7-119
158-5-218
157-6-216
176-8-315
165-7-414
166-9-113
196-12-113
TEAMGPRECPTS
Central Division Leaders:
1812-3-327
1710-5-222
179-5-321
Pacific Division Leaders:
1912-5-226
2010-7-323
189-6-321
Wild Card leaders:
1810-7-121
199-7-321
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179-6-220
189-8-119
188-8-218
176-7-416
187-10-115
176-10-113
175-11-111