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Sabres hit the midway point

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Greetings again from sunny Scottsdale, where I'm just finishing up the Sabres' midseason report. They hit the halfway point Saturday night with a 2-1 overtime victory against Phoenix.

Here are a few stats through the first 41 games:

*Sabres rank 23rd in the NHL in points (41) and points percentage (.500).

*They rank tied for 21st in goals allowed (2.9) and 18th in goals (2.6).

*They are 22nd in one-goal games (9-7-5), and that includes a 4-0 record in shootouts.

*Their power play ranks 17th at 16.9 percent, though it has struck in four straight and nine of 12.

*Derek Roy, despite being lost to injury in late December, remains the top scorer. Drew Stafford, Jordan Leopold and Thomas Vanek have produced, while Rob Niedermayer, Nathan Gerbe, Paul Gaustad and Mike Grier have not.

*Ryan Miller ranks 24th in goals-against average (2.62) and 21st in save percentage (.913).

---John Vogl


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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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