Keep Up The Special Teams
The Buffalo Sabres do rank top 10 in the league in something.
The Sabres’ power play is ranked fifth in the league at 31.7 percent. The team has potted in 13 power play goals thus far this year, averaging 1.18 a game. If the group has any shot at turning this right around in 2020-21, Buffalo needs to continue to draw penalties and capitalize on the man advantage.
Defensively, the penalty kill can use some improvement. The Sabres rank 13th in the league with an 80 percent efficiency killing off a penalty. That number can use a bit of a bump.
So far, the Riley Sheahan, Curtis Lazar, Jake McCabe and Ristolainen penalty kill unit has been their most dominant group to stave off the opposition’s power play units according to leftwinglock.com. It wouldn’t hurt to throw Jack Eichel, Taylor Hall or Victor Olofsson out there for a few shorthanded chances. In the long-term, teams would have to be more aware of who is on the Buffalo Sabres’ PK unit. We’ll see what Head Coach Ralph Krueger decides to do.