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Sabres finally seeing positive results



Just in the nick of time, with the Bills season about to end, the Sabres are giving us some reasons to feel better.  The club had looked better since the coaching change from Ron Rolston to Ted Nolan but the results weren’t there.  Over the last two weeks, those results have been seen.

Think about what has happened in that time frame.  The Sabres won back to back games for just the second time all season.  Those wins, over Winnipeg and Boston, both came in regulation and it equaled the team’s season total for regulation victories which stood at two through the first 33 games.

For the first time this season, Buffalo scored more than three goals in back to back games, netting four each in the wins over the Jets and Bruins.

Perhaps the Sabres are scoring more because they’re shooting more.  Buffalo has topped the 30 shots mark in four of the last six games which equals their total of 30 plus shot games over the first 30 starts.

From the December 10th game with Ottawa through the game with Boston last Thursday, the Sabres earned seven out of 10 points or 70% of the points that were available.  Prior to that stretch, they had earned a mere 23% of the available points.

There have been improvements defensively as well.  Over those five games, the Sabres held each opponent to two or fewer goals.  The longest previous stretch was two games.

They haven’t given up 40 or more shots on goal in the last 12 games.  Believe me, I know that’s not exactly something to cheer about but keep in mind opponents put 40 or more shots on the Sabres goal in nine of the first 24 games.

The worst offensive team in the league is finally getting some balance in their production.  Over the last three games, nine different players have scored a goal.  16 different players have recorded an assist.

A number of players ended goal droughts.  Steve Ott scored his first goal in 12 games.  Marcus Foligno also snapped a 12 game drought.  For Brian Flynn it had reached 19 games, for Drew Stafford it was 17.  Ville Leino scored his first goal of the season.
 
 

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