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Sabres' woes hit the road

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Greetings from an empty Shark Tank, where the Sabres are set to practice around 1:30 p.m. (4:30 for you Buffalonians). The guess here is they'll do some power-play work. They need it.


The Sabres went 1 for 8 during their 4-3 overtime loss to Colorado on Tuesday, though they should've been 2 for 8 if Tyler Ennis' stick hadn't been in the way. Either way, it's not good enough, especially on the road. The Sabres have scored just eight power-play goals in 19 road games, and their 11 percent success rate is 27th in the 30-team league.

Making matters worse for the Sabres' man-advantage unit is its run of allowing short-handed goals. They gave up one to the Avs and have allowed an NHL-worst eight short-handed goals. They allowed just three last season. They are on pace to allow the most shorties of Lindy Ruff's tenure, an astounding 17 allowed in 2005-06.

Here are the short-handed goal totals since Ruff became coach:

1997-98: 12

1998-99: 7

1999-2000: 10

2000-01: 5

2001-02: 6

2002-03: 11

2003-04: 9

2005-06: 17

2006-07: 13

2007-08: 8

2008-09: 5

2009-10: 3

2010-11 (through 39 games): 8

---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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