The Buffalo Sabres are currently "clicking" on their power play at an 11.8 percent conversion rate. It's been bad - really, really bad - over the past few weeks, but to exactly what depths have the Sabres sunk?
How does "historically bad" sound?
Here are the lowest power play conversion rates in the NHL going back every year to the lockout - 13.5, 13.1, 14.0, 12.7, 14.1, 11.8, and 12.2. Not only are the Sabres bad, they're tied for the worst conversion rate in the league since the 2005-06 season.
Here's the really pathetic thing - take away the first game of the season where the Sabres went 3-for-6 with the man advantage, and the Sabres would be operating at an even-more-abysmal 10.9%. And just for kicks, they're also leading the league in shorthanded goals against, with four, just to add insult to injury.
At practice yesterday, the Sabres switched up the look of their second PP unit, inserting Kevin Porter and Brian Flynn, as well as swapping Jordan Leopold for TJ Brennan. Let's hope Ron Rolston's familiarity with his former Amerks students can bring some improvements to what has been undoubtedly the league's least advantageous advantage.