I promised a full recap of the game but instead you get a stats post. By now you have read all you want to read about the game and quite frankly, I still have not watched the game in it's entirety. I can say with certainty that we are all happy they didn't quit and managed to come away with two points. Last season they missed the playoffs by two points, I think they will take points anyway they can get them.
I know the opinion of many is that Nathan Paetsch played a poor game but statistically speaking, he was one of the better players. He did end up as a minus-1 but his Corsi rating was a 10. He also had five shots on goal which led the team. It looks like he was, at the very least, trying to make something happen. Based on the comments in the game thread (thanks Afino for keeping it going), this was mostly an ugly game for the Sabres and they were lucky to come away with two points. I'll reserve the right to change my mind if warranted, but I'm going to give Paestch credit for trying to spark the team.
|TOI = Total Time on Ice||GV = Giveaways|
|FO% = Faceoff percentage||TK = Takeaways|
|Hits = Total Hits||BS=Blocked Shots|
|Even Strength Individual Stats||Even Strength On-Ice Totals|
|#||Player||Pos||EV TOI||G||A||Shots||S A/B||S Miss||SOGF||SOGA||SOG Diff||Tot SF||Tot SA||Corsi|
|EV TOI = Even Strength time on ice||SOGA = Team shots against while on ice|
|EV TOI = Even Strength time on ice||SOG Diff = Difference shots on ice|
|S A/B = shots attempted and blocked||Tot SF = Total shots including blocked/missed|
|S Miss = Shots missed the net||Tot SA = Total Shots Ag. Including blocked/missed|
|SOGF = Team Shots while on ice||Corsi = Difference in Total Shots|
The Corsi number is a statistic that what created by Sabres goalie coach JIm Corsi. It is the difference in total shots for and the total shots against. It factors in all shots that were on net, attempts that were blocked and shots that missed the net. The idea is that it is a better reflection on a players two-way play because it shows puck possesion as opposed to only shots on goal.
It was nice to see four Sabres defensemen come away with a positive Corsi Rating. It was especially impressive that Butler did it with over 23 minutes of even strength ice time. If nothing else it speaks volumes for the future of the Sabres defense with guys like Myers and Butler being counted on in various situations.