Buffalo Sabres v. Tampa Bay Lightning - By the Numbers

BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 25: Head coach Lindy Ruff of the Buffalo Sabres watches play against the Tampa Bay Lightning at First Niagara Center on October 25, 2011 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

What looked like it was going to be a fun night turned into a nightmare for the Buffalo Sabres. An early surge gave the Sabres a 2-0 lead before some fans had even made their way to their seats. By the time they did reach their seats the momentum began to swing.

The Lightning roared back and played a solid second half to the first period. They were able to tie the game on a late goal that deflected off of Ehrhoff and behind Miller who started to cheat out front in anticipation for a scoring opportunity by the Lightning. It would easy to blame Miller for that goal because he vacated the post position but his anticipation of potential scoring chances is what makes him so good most of the time, this was a case of bad luck and not bad goaltending.

In all the Sabres played a pretty good hockey game. They out-chanced the Lightning by a significant margin and they out-shot them by an even wider margin. Last week the Sabres were dominated in Montreal and somehow came away with a victory. I would argue that Tuesday night was the hockey gods seeking retribution for that game.

Stats of Interest

Shift Charts

Head-to-Head Ice Time

Corsi/Fenwick Numbers

Scoring Chances - After the jump

Background

What is a scoring chance? - Great Piece at In Lou We Trust and another from The Copper & Blue

How are scoring chances tracked? - An app built by Vic Ferrari

What is the bottom chart? It tracks head-to-head chances. It was built by Derek Zona and George Ays of The Copper & Blue.

Team Period Time Note BUF Opponent
BUF 1 18:29 Adam 17 30 36 42 57 72 4 14 26 32 47 97 5v5
BUF 1 18:09 Vanek Goal 3 17 26 29 30 72 2 12 16 32 77 91 5v5
BUF 1 17:29 Boyes Goal 8 10 22 30 37 44 7 9 13 19 32 49 5v5
BUF 1 16:09 Roy 9 10 21 23 30 44 12 16 32 47 91 97 5v5
BUF 1 16:01 Roy 9 10 21 23 30 44 12 16 32 47 91 97 5v5
BUF 1 13:59 Pominville 10 26 28 29 30 44 7 9 13 19 32 49 5v5
TBL 1 6:59 Lecavalier 24 26 29 30 57 72 2 4 7 14 26 32 5v5
TBL 1 6:57 Lecavalier Goal 24 26 29 30 57 72 2 4 14 26 32 77 5v5
TBL 1 4:57 Lecavalier 24 26 29 30 57 72 4 7 13 14 26 32 5v5
TBL 1 3:39 9 10 21 23 30 44 7 12 13 16 32 91 5v5
TBL 1 0:59 Thompson Goal 9 10 21 23 30 44 2 11 19 32 44 77 5v5
TBL 2 15:58 Stamkos Goal 24 26 29 30 57 72 2 4 14 26 32 77 5v5
BUF 2 14:08 Vanek 10 21 26 29 30 2 18 32 77 4v3
BUF 2 10:24 Vanek 3 17 26 29 30 72 2 9 19 32 44 77 5v5
BUF 2 3:56 Vanek 24 26 30 42 57 72 7 11 13 19 32 91 5v5
BUF 2 2:07 Gaustad 24 28 30 36 42 57 4 14 26 32 47 97 5v5
TBL 2 0:01 Thompson 9 10 21 23 24 30 2 11 19 32 44 77 5v5
BUF 3 13:37 McCormick 8 10 22 30 37 44 4 14 26 32 47 97 5v5
TBL 3 11:42 Purcell 10 28 30 36 44 2 9 12 13 16 32 4v5
BUF 3 9:18 Gerbe 24 28 30 36 42 57 4 7 13 14 26 32 5v5
TBL 3 6:18 Hall 3 28 30 36 42 57 7 11 13 18 32 49 5v5
BUF 3 4:58 Ehrhoff 10 22 26 30 57 72 7 13 18 32 44 5v4
BUF 3 3:43 Adam 10 26 29 30 44 72 12 16 32 47 91 97 5v5
BUF 3 3:41 Pominville 10 26 29 30 44 72 12 16 32 47 91 97 5v5
BUF 3 3:16 Adam 10 26 29 30 44 72 12 16 32 47 91 97 5v5
BUF 3 2:49 Gaustad 17 28 30 36 42 57 4 7 13 14 26 32 5v5
TBL 3 1:25 Malone Goal 3 23 29 30 57 72 7 12 13 18 32 91 5v5
BUF 3 0:49 Gerbe Goal 17 22 28 36 42 44 2 11 16 32 44 77 5v5

 

# Player EV PP SH
3 J. LEOPOLD 14:20 2 2 1:43 0 0 0:12 0 0
8 C. MCCORMICK 6:45 2 0 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
9 D. ROY 17:15 2 3 1:03 0 0 1:47 0 0
10 C. EHRHOFF 17:54 8 3 3:25 2 0 2:32 0 1
17 M. GRAGNANI 14:32 5 0 2:34 0 0 0:12 0 0
21 D. STAFFORD 12:56 2 3 2:58 1 0 0:27 0 0
22 B. BOYES 9:38 3 0 2:38 1 0 0:00 0 0
23 V. LEINO 13:41 2 4 2:11 0 0 0:04 0 0
24 R. REGEHR 16:31 3 5 0:23 0 0 2:52 0 0
26 T. VANEK 15:35 7 4 3:25 2 0 0:00 0 0
28 P. GAUSTAD 10:22 5 1 0:00 0 0 3:11 0 1
29 J. POMINVILLE 15:53 6 5 3:15 1 0 2:21 0 0
30 R. MILLER 47:58 15 9 5:36 2 0 5:36 0 1
36 P. KALETA 9:10 5 1 0:00 0 0 3:20 0 1
37 M. ELLIS 6:49 2 0 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
42 N. GERBE 13:17 6 1 0:00 0 0 0:02 0 0
44 A. SEKERA 17:01 9 2 0:00 0 0 2:32 0 1
57 T. MYERS 17:18 5 6 1:58 1 0 2:52 0 0
72 L. ADAM 14:54 7 5 1:02 1 0 0:00 0 0

 

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 6 5 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 4 2 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 8 3 7 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 18 10 16 9 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

 

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