Buffalo Sabres v. New Jersey Devils - By the Numbers

On Tuesday night, I came to the realization that the Sabres just aren't good enough to make the playoffs this season. I don't know if it is a lack of talent, if it is lack of desire or if they aren't mentally strong enough; I just know they aren't good enough. They seemed to play a decent hockey game, save the penalty discrepancy, and they still came out on the short end.

The New Jersey Devils played an almost flawless game on Tuesday night and the exposed the Sabres deficiencies. The Sabres struggled to find space and seemed frustrated by the Devils smothering forecheck. The Devils were relentless in their pressure, limiting the Sabres offensive pressure and forcing them to make bad passes. It seemed that every pass was either an attempt to clear the zone or was a couple strides behind the attacking forward.

Unlike most games against New Jersey that are just plain boring, this game was extremely frustrating to watch as a Sabres fan. The team was clearly outmatched by New Jersey and the officiating just magnified the frustration. The Devils were 2-for-7 on the power play and the Sabres were only 0-for-2 with the man advantage. The frustration in the penalty discrepancy was not only evident from the fans behavior but also seemed to frustrate the Sabres. After a tripping call to Christian Ehrhoff he was seen mouthing the words "call it both ways to the referee".

When all is said and done, the Sabres didn't play as poorly as the 4-1 score indicates they did. They had to battle hard to generate scoring chances and they did actually have more chances at even strength. The game boiled down to one team taking more penalties than the other. New Jersey forced Buffalo to make mistakes and they made them pay for it.

The Stats

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Head-to-Head Ice Time

Corsi/Fenwick Numbers

Scoring Chances - after the game

Team Period Time Note BUF Opponent
NJD 1 18:49 Parise 3 9 24 26 29 30 9 14 17 24 28 30 5v5
BUF 1 18:36 Myers 28 30 36 44 57 2 9 17 23 26 30 4v5
NJD 1 17:24 Clarkson 3 6 9 29 30 2 9 17 23 26 30 4v5
BUF 1 16:10 Ennis 6 10 22 30 54 63 6 8 11 16 29 30 5v5
BUF 1 16:08 Boyes 6 10 22 30 54 63 6 8 11 16 29 30 5v5
NJD 1 13:54 Zubrus 6 17 23 28 30 36 8 12 18 24 28 30 5v5
NJD 1 9:57 Kovalchuk 21 30 42 44 57 63 2 9 14 17 30 32 5v5
NJD 1 5:01 Kovalchuk 3 9 22 24 30 54 9 14 17 24 28 30 5v5
NJD 1 0:36 Kovalchuk Goal 3 9 24 30 36 2 9 17 23 26 30 4v5
BUF 2 12:11 Kassian 6 10 22 28 30 54 6 11 14 18 29 30 5v5
NJD 2 9:01 Clarkson 9 29 30 44 57 2 9 17 23 26 30 4v5
NJD 2 8:59 Parise 9 29 30 44 57 2 9 17 23 26 30 4v5
BUF 2 8:12 Pominville 9 29 30 44 57 2 9 17 23 26 30 4v5
BUF 2 2:41 Pominville Goal 3 24 26 29 30 63 8 12 24 25 28 30 5v5
NJD 2 2:00 Parise 23 28 30 36 44 57 2 9 14 17 30 32 5v5
NJD 2 0:11 Clarkson 6 9 28 30 57 2 9 17 23 26 30 4v5
NJD 3 19:10 Kovalchuk 10 24 28 30 57 2 9 17 23 26 30 4v5
NJD 3 18:43 Parise 10 24 28 30 57 2 9 17 23 26 30 4v5
NJD 3 18:16 Sykora Goal 3 9 29 30 44 8 14 15 17 29 30 4v5
BUF 3 15:41 Vanek 17 26 29 30 57 63 8 24 26 28 30 5v4
NJD 3 10:13 Kovalchuk Goal 9 26 29 30 44 57 9 14 17 29 30 32 5v5
BUF 3 5:36 Pominville 3 9 24 26 29 30 6 9 14 17 29 30 5v5
BUF 3 5:09 Roy 9 26 29 30 44 57 8 12 18 24 28 30 5v5
BUF 3 4:22 Gragnani 10 17 21 30 42 63 6 15 23 26 29 30 5v5
BUF 3 2:37 Roy 9 26 29 30 44 57 15 23 24 26 29 30 5v5
NJD 3 1:11 Clarkson 26 29 30 44 57 6 15 23 26 29 30 4v5
NJD 3 0:45 Sykora 10 26 29 30 44 8 9 17 24 28 30 4v5
NJD 3 0:09 Kovalchuk Goal 3 9 10 21 28 63 8 9 17 24 28 30 5v5

# Player EV PP SH
3 J. LEOPOLD 12:24 2 3 0:00 0 0 4:15 0 3
6 M. WEBER 13:36 3 1 0:00 0 0 3:06 0 2
9 D. ROY 14:02 3 4 1:42 0 0 3:01 1 6
10 C. EHRHOFF 16:37 4 1 1:59 0 0 1:31 0 3
17 M. GRAGNANI 3:11 1 1 2:01 1 0 0:00 0 0
21 D. STAFFORD 13:51 1 2 1:59 0 0 0:47 0 0
22 B. BOYES 11:07 3 1 1:59 0 0 0:00 0 0
23 V. LEINO 9:30 0 2 1:59 0 0 0:00 0 0
24 R. REGEHR 10:18 2 2 0:00 0 0 3:05 0 3
26 T. VANEK 13:58 4 2 2:01 1 0 1:06 0 2
28 P. GAUSTAD 10:25 1 3 0:00 0 0 6:37 1 3
29 J. POMINVILLE 13:25 4 2 2:01 1 0 4:00 1 6
30 R. MILLER 43:59 8 6 4:00 1 0 10:46 2 10
36 P. KALETA 8:46 0 2 0:00 0 0 5:33 1 1
42 N. GERBE 13:29 1 1 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
44 A. SEKERA 16:38 2 3 0:00 0 0 4:42 2 5
54 Z. KASSIAN 7:32 3 1 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
57 T. MYERS 16:15 2 3 2:18 1 0 5:37 2 6
63 T. ENNIS 17:03 4 2 2:01 1 0 0:14 0 0

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 3 6 2 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0
2 3 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0
3 5 7 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 5 0 0
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 11 17 8 7 1 0 0 0 2 10 0 0

Head-to-Head Scoring Chances

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