Turnovers, lack of chances killed Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres lost to the Boston Bruins by a score of 4-0 last night at KeyBank Center.

Many fans are saying the same old Sabres are back. Here’s a look at what happened:

Turnovers galore: After getting blown out the night before, the Bruins sat back and waited for the Sabres to make mistakes. Well, they made plenty of them and Boston took advantage.

Buffalo had 19 total turnovers. Many had two turnovers with the exception of Kyle Okposo, who had three.

Top line couldn’t get going: Eichel-Skinner-Reinhart couldn’t get anything going despite getting the most offensive zone starts.

Eichel: 13 OZ starts- 2DZ starts

Reinhart: 13 OZ starts- 1DZ start

Skinner: 11 OZ starts- 0 DZ

Doing more with less: Surprisingly, Girgensons-Rodrigues-Pominville were effective early on despite starting mostly in the defensive end.

LACK OF SHOTS: Phil Housley already is talking about the lack of shooting on this team, and rightfully so. Only six shots in the first period? One real chance in front of the net, compared to Boston. It has to change or it’s going to be more of the same.

Here’s a 1st period graph from icydata.hockey

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As Housley said last night: “We can control how we come to the rink and work because we are not going through again.”

All of Buffalo hopes so.

 

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