If the Buffalo Sabres hope to have a winning season and make the postseason, they are going to have to step up the offensive side of their game. So far in two games against the Detroit Red Wings and the Ottawa Senators, the Sabres have scored a total of one goal. On Friday night against Ottawa, goalie Ryan Miller made 45 saves and only gave up one goal.
The goal given up was with 1:35 left to play in the game. Miller did his part in keeping the team in the game. Now it’s time for the offense to do their part.
Miller has always been one of the top goalies in the league. For his career, he boasts a 2.58 GAA and a .915 save percentage. The problem isn’t with the goalie, though. The problem for the Sabres is the fact that they have problems scoring. Last year, the Sabres offense averaged 2.60 goals per game. The league average was right around 2.73 per game.
With the divisional realignment this year, Buffalo is now in the same division as Detroit, Ottawa, the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs. It’s hard to see Buffalo doing anything this season with them having to play against that group of teams. If they are to make some noise, though, they have to give Miller some help.
Thomas Vanek led the team in scoring with 41 points last season, but they are going to need someone else to step up and help carry the load. If they don’t, this could be a long season for the Sabres and their fans.