Vulgar Statistics: Sabres Turn Corner At Home…Not Quite
As many are aware, the Sabres have compiled a 6-0-2 record in their last eight at home. While it might seem like the team is finally starting to turn the corner on an awful season, unfortunately I’m here to provide a little bit of reality. The Sabres have been just as bad in their last eight at home as they have all season. Actually, that’s not true, they’ve been slightly worse.
The Sabres season Corsi For average at home is 44.4% which means that they’re attempting 44.4% of the shots on net at home. That’s slightly better than their away mark of 44.1%, and slightly further above their 43.4% Corsi For during their point streak. In terms of shots that actually reach the net, aka shots on goal, the Sabres fare a little better hitting 25.2 on average at home, 27.6 on the road, and 26.5 during their point streak. Shots against are 32.6 at home, 35.9 on the road, and 33.6 during their streak.
What’s the difference then? Absolutely absurd goaltending. Sabres goaltenders have combined to produce a .959 save percentage over that span with Miller tallying a .962 in six games and Enroth hitting .951 in the other two. Their season long home average is .922, which is still pretty damn good. The team has also shot 7.55% in their last eight, slightly up from their 6.94% home average.
Our team still sucks, but our goaltenders are amazing. So we’ve got that goin’ for us…which is nice.