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An offensive offense -- especially on the road

It's no secret the Sabres' offense is struggling. They have one goal in a game seven times -- seven! -- since Thanksgiving, including both games on the road this week in New Jersey and Washington.

In fact, the Sabres have just 32 goals in 16 road games all season. The goal total and the 2.0 average is 29th in the 30-team NHL. The home average is markedly better at 3.05, which is middle of the pack. The 64 goals at home in 21 games rank second.

"The road scoring for me is something that's been alarming," coach Lindy Ruff said today. "The home scoring has been a lot better. Some of that may be based on the fact I get my matchups with my lines but we're going to have to work around that. We've been a better road team than that but we're going to have to be better."

Of course, offense has been tough to come by all over for players like Derek Roy (two goals in the last 20 games) and Drew Stafford (two in the last 24). By on the road, Thomas Vanek is the team leader with just six goals. Luke Adam has five while Jason Pominville and Jordan Leopold have four each.

After starting 8-3 on the road, the Sabres have lost five straight. They better fix that issue in a hurry. After hosting Edmonton here on Tuesday, nine of the final 11 games in January will be away from First Niagara Center. Yeesh.

---Mike Harrington


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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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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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