Alex Brasky | @BataviasBest
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Ever since Sabres’ star Jack Eichel suffered a high-ankle sprain in early-October, Buffalo has been among the worst teams in the NHL – with scoring being their primary bugaboo. Sitting near dead-last in the league in Goals Scored, the Sabres need Jack back. It’s that simple.
However, still several weeks away from returning, the young Buffalo star will continue to sit on the sideline and watch his team flounder within the Atlantic Division.
Currently last in the Atlantic, sitting at 5-7 overall, Buffalo’s season is starting to get away from them and there is no sign that that trend will change any time soon. Matt Moulson leads the Sabres in goals with 6, which is outside of the top-20 amongst the league leaders – and behind Moulson, they have just two more with 4+ (Okposo 5, ROR 4).
Just not good enough.
In-between the pipes, Robin Lehner has done his darnedest to prevent opposing teams from eclipsing the one goal mark on a game-to-game basis – which is basically the Sabres’ only chance to win. I mean, on the five separate occasions in which Buffalo has won, the opposing team has scored more than one goal just once (6-2 win vs Edmonton). During their 7 losses, their opponent has scored 2+ goal in all but one of those games (2-1 SO lost Ottawa). In the end, the margin for error for this group is extremely low, and they must improve on the attack if they hope to make their overall record respectable going into the middle portions of the season.
But… I just don’t see that happening. Until we get Jack back, the Sabres are screwed.
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