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Crunching Numbers: Sabres Escape Montreal With 4-3 Victory

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Monday night was another statement game for the Buffalo Sabres. This is a team that had trouble closing out games last season, but this season they are 14-0-0 when they lead after two periods and they are 9-1-2 in one-goal games. 

The off day today gives us a chance to reflect back at the win last night by looking at Corsi Numbers. While watching the game it seemed to be an even game but when looking at the Corsi, the Sabres had more even strength chances than the Canadiens did.

Drew Stafford and Clarke MacArthur were the only Sabres to finish the game with a negative Corsi rating and Lydman and Rivet on defense. Steve Montador led the way with Andrej Sekera following him. I have been impressed with the play of Sekera as of late and I wonder what Lindy Ruff will do when Chris Butler is healthy enough to return to the lineup.

Game Stats
# Player Pos TOI +/- FO% Hits GV TK BS
4 Steve Montador D 17:02 0 - 0 2 0 1
5 Toni Lydman D 14:48 1 - 0 1 0 2
9 Derek Roy C 18:20 1 38% 0 0 0 3
10 Henrik Tallinder D 17:55 1 - 1 2 0 2
13 Tim Kennedy C 13:18 1 63% 1 0 0 0
19 Tim Connolly C 19:41 0 10% 0 0 1 2
21 Drew Stafford RW 15:22 1 0% 0 0 0 0
22 Adam Mair C 7:29 0 - 1 0 1 0
25 Mike Grier RW 8:19 0 - 0 0 0 0
26 Thomas Vanek LW 19:24 0 - 1 0 0 1
29 Jason Pominville RW 19:13 -1 33% 0 0 2 0
36 Patrick Kaleta RW 15:43 2 - 2 1 0 1
37 Matt Ellis LW 7:44 0 75% 1 0 1 0
41 Clarke MacArthur LW 19:47 -1 0% 0 0 0 2
44 Andrej Sekera D 20:09 0 0% 2 1 0 0
52 Craig Rivet D 14:41 1 - 1 1 1 0
55 Jochen Hecht LW 18:38 2 14% 0 0 0 0
57 Tyler Myers D 28:07 1 - 0 0 1 2
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
4 Steve Montador D 16:47 0 0 0 4 0 9 6 3 26 10 16
5 Toni Lydman D 14:30 0 0 1 1 1 3 11 -8 13 20 -7
9 Derek Roy C 13:15 0 1 1 0 3 4 6 -2 20 14 6
10 Henrik Tallinder D 14:28 0 0 0 1 0 9 3 6 16 12 4
13 Tim Kennedy C 12:25 1 0 2 2 2 7 4 3 12 8 4
19 Tim Connolly C 11:41 0 0 1 1 1 6 7 -1 15 14 1
21 Drew Stafford RW 11:10 0 0 0 0 1 3 6 -3 12 13 -1
22 Adam Mair C 7:26 0 0 2 0 0 5 3 2 10 3 7
25 Mike Grier 7:14 0 0 0 0 1 2 5 -3 6 6 0
26 Thomas Vanek LW 13:09 0 0 1 1 0 3 6 -3 16 14 2
29 Jason Pominville RW 12:31 0 0 4 4 0 8 6 2 20 15 5
36 Patrick Kaleta RW 13:34 0 0 2 0 0 6 3 3 12 7 5
37 Matt Ellis LW 7:41 0 0 1 3 0 3 4 -1 6 5 1
41 Clarke MacArthur LW 13:03 0 0 1 0 0 6 8 -2 14 17 -3
44 Andrej Sekera D 15:47 1 0 2 3 0 8 7 1 16 8 8
52 Craig Rivet D 11:50 0 0 0 2 0 3 11 -8 11 16 -5
55 Jochen Hecht LW 11:39 0 2 2 1 0 6 4 2 11 7 4
57 Tyler Myers D 16:29 0 1 0 0 0 9 4 5 16 15 1
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