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Grading the Buffalo Sabres - Week ending 1/15/17

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NHL: Buffalo Sabres at Detroit Red Wings
Dan Bylsma
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Your Three Stars from last week: Ryan O’Reilly, Marcus Foligno and Anders Nilsson. The Three Goats are Nicolas Deslauriers, Derek Grant and Zach Bogosian.

Here is the LINK to the spreadsheet with all this season’s results.


The Buffalo Sabres are such a yo-yo team right now. They followed up a bad week with a great week and then promptly had another bad week. After a solid win over the Flyers to get the week started right, the team flew south and so did their performances, with two poor losses against the Lightning and the Hurricanes.

By the way, if anyone wants to explain the wide disparity between the Sabres’ Corsi For and Corsi Close For numbers, please drop a comment below (see Dan Bylsma’s numbers in the poll for data).

As always, we’ve got all the forwards and defensemen who played over the past week in the grading.

We’re sticking with the Corsi For % as well the stats beyond just the goals, assists and +/-. For Dan Bylsma we’ve added the team’s overall Corsi For % as a measurable stat.

Rate the player PP, PK and coach’s performances for these games -

Buffalo Sabres 4-1 Philadelphia Flyers

Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 Buffalo Sabres

Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 Buffalo Sabres