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Grading the Buffalo Sabres: Inconsistent effort the key issue

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Which Sabres will show up on any given night? Who knows?!

NHL: Buffalo Sabres at Montreal Canadiens Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

In the previous stretch of five games ending in October, the key performers for the Sabres were pretty clear, while there were more than a few anchors being dragged around.

The stars of the period Games 8-12 were Jason Pominville (4.04), Ryan O’Reilly (3.82) and the Penalty Kill (3.45). The goats of the week were apple-of-Housley’s-eye Matt Tennyson (1.44), Matt Moulson (1.38) and the Power Play unit (1.36).


The Buffalo Sabres did pick up a couple of wins, but left points on the ice as well when facing teams they were expected to beat.

We’re still using Corsi For % as the advanced stat metric beyond just the goals, assists and +/-. For Phil Housley we also have the team’s overall Corsi For % as a measurable stat.

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

Arizona Coyotes 4-5 Buffalo Sabres

Dallas Stars 5-1 Buffalo Sabres

Buffalo Sabres 3-1 Washington Capitals

Buffalo Sabres 1-4 Florida Panthers

Montreal Canadiens 2-1 Buffalo Sabres (OT)

Apologies if the embedded poll is not showing up, please click here to grade.