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The Buffalo Sabres have been held to just a goal in eight of their last eight games. The Sabres' struggles to score has been an ongoing issue as they've averaged just 2.35 goals per game this season. That's a big part of the reason they're just 5-9-3 so far. The Sabres' offensive weakness has largely come from its lack of depth. Evander Kane, Jack Eichel, Jason Pominville, Ryan O'Reilly, and Benoit Pouliot are the only players on the team with more than two goals and only 11 players have found the back of the net. The five players mentioned also have accounted for a staggering 75% of the Sabres' total goals.

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Nov 12 - 6:21 AM

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Sabres coach Phil Housley was pushing an upbeat message after Buffalo's 5-1 loss to the Dallas Stars on Saturday. "It's easy to be negative right now, but I thought we played good," Housley said. "It was just unfortunate we got bad bounces against us. When I evaluate the game, I think we played well. The score tells you differently, and there's probably going to be a lot of people that disagree with me, but I think we got the start we wanted. There was some bad bounces that occurred. Yeah, could we have better coverage? Could we have made better decisions through the neutral zone? But that wasn't the case in my opinion." At the end of the day though, Buffalo is still 4-8-2 this season. The Sabres have a bit of a breather now, but then they'll play Washington on Tuesday. That will be a tough match for them, but they need to start digging out of the hole they created for themselves.

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Nov 05 - 9:38 AM

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Buffalo has no more games this month, which might be just as well given how bad the Sabres have been in recent Octobers. Buffalo finished the month with a 3-7-2 record, which is basically par for the course. The Sabres have a 14-37-6 October record dating back to 2013 and haven't had a positive October record since 2011. Of course the Sabres also haven't made the playoffs since 2010-11, so recent trends are not their friend. So far this is looking like another rebuilding campaign for Buffalo, which is not what the Sabres were going for this season, especially after replacing their coach and general manager. Perhaps the Sabres will start to turn things around in November though.

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Oct 29 - 4:48 AM

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The Buffalo Sabres' power play has been a disaster so far. The Sabres rank 22nd in the league with a 15.6% conversion rate with the man advantage, but an even bigger part of the problem has been shorthanded goals allowed. Buffalo has surrendered a league-high six shorthanded markers, which means that with five power-play goals, they've actually seen a net negative in that aspect of the game. Only Buffalo and the New York Islanders are negative on the power play at this point in the season. "Better, quick puck movement," Sabres coach Phil Housley in regards to how to address their power-play issues. "We're holding onto it, which is giving other teams on the penalty kill an opportunity to get in position. We have to move the puck quicker whether it's low to high or it's high to low. It's got to be done quicker. We have to have more urgency in that area because we hold onto it, they get a stick on it, now they get two guys, now we're in a battle. We shouldn't be in that position if we just move it quickly."

Buffalo News

Oct 24 - 4:48 AM

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