The Buffalo Sabres have a 14-1-1 record, but they have been far from invincible. The Sabres have scored an NHL-leading 4.31 goals per game, nearly a full goal more than any other club. Their defense, however, has been mediocre.
The Sabres have allowed four or more goals in five of their last six games, but have won five of the six contests. This season, Buffalo has allowed four or more goals in half of its 16 contests. The Sabres have only been held below four goals on four occasions. This offensive juggernaut has been impressive, but isn't exactly the stuff that championship teams are usually made of.
Especially in the NHL, a league where first-round playoff upsets are routine and the Stanley Cup champion is almost always crowned due to a hot goaltender, I think the Sabres could be headed for a great regular season and a huge playoff bust. Obviously the playoffs are months away, but also consider this: four of the Sabres' 14 wins have come in shootouts and another three have come in overtime. Buffalo has lost just once in a shootout and never in overtime. A 7-1 record in games which were tied after regulation is a statistical anomaly, to say the least.
Posted by Ted Rossman at 11/13/2006 3:20:00 PM