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:
2010-11 (through 39 games): 8