Scoring chances - Buffalo @ Phoenix

Cam Charron
January 31 2014 02:50AM

For those of you unawares, Dimitri Filipovic and I have a running bet each week during the slate of Saturday games. The loser must watch a game of the winner's choosing... and record scoring chances. This week, I had the pleasure of watching the Phoenix Coyotes and the Buffalo Sabres. It was the teams' first meeting since #BUTTGOAL, but, alas, there was to be no legendary moment during the rematch. The only somewhat interesting sequence was when rookie referee Trevor Hanson got hit in the face with a puck after the ricochet off the crossbar from an Oliver Ekman-Larsson shot.

The Sabres won 3-2, but obviously didn't deserve the victory, being out-shot 40-28. ExtraSkater page for the game is here, and the scoring chances are below.

Individual differentials:

BUFFALO Chances For Chances Vs. Chances +/-
26 - Matt Moulson 4 5 -1
28 - Zemgus Girgensons 5 5 0
63 - Tyler Ennis 4 6 -2
9 - Steve Ott 1 7 -6
19 - Cody Hodgson 1 7 -6
23 - Ville Leino 1 6 -5
37 - Matt Ellis 0 0 0
65 - Brian Flynn 0 2 -2
84 - Philip Varone 1 0 1
24 - Zenon Konopka 0 0 0
27 - Matt D'Agostini 0 1 -1
82 - Marcus Foligno 1 0 1
4 - Jamie McBain 3 3 0
52 - Alexander Sulzer 3 3 0
5 - Chad Ruhwedal 0 3 -3
20 - Henrik Tallinder 0 4 -4
6 - Mike Weber 3 6 -3
57 - Tyler Myers 3 7 -4
       
PHOENIX Chances For Chances Vs. Chances +/-
11 - Martin Hanzal 7 3 4
17 - Radim Vrbata 8 2 6
34 - Tim Kennedy 7 1 6
18 - David Moss 3 2 1
19 - Shane Doan 2 1 1
63 - Mike Ribeiro 3 1 2
28 - Lauri Korpikoski 3 2 1
50 - Antoine Vermette 3 2 1
89 - Mikkel Boedker 2 2 0
12 - Paul Bissonnette 0 2 -2
14 - Jeff Halpern 1 0 1
24 - Kyle Chipchura 0 0 0
4 - Zbynek Michalek 6 5 1
23 - Oliver Ekman-Larsson 5 5 0
3 - Keith Yandle 5 0 5
53 - Derek Morris 3 0 3
5 - Connor Murphy 4 1 3
6 - David Schlemko 3 1 2

Some notes...

Buffalo is very top-heavy. Their bottom six did a good job of shutting down events both ways, but Zemgus Girgensons is my first star on the night. Led the Sabres in on-ice chances for, wound up with an even differential, and actually scored the shorthanded go-ahead goal early in the third.

Ditto Phoenix. The line centred by Martin Hanzal was all over the Sabres, with Radim Vrbata generating a lot of chances off the rush and the cycle game. Hanzal led the game with 7 shots and Vrbata had 5. That slacker, Tim Kennedy, only had one.

It's no secret that Oliver Ekman-Larsson is having a tough year, and though he's been reunited with a healthy Zbynek Michalek, he's still bleeding shots against. Buffalo only got anything going when OEL was on the ice in this game.

Here are team totals:

  EV BUF EV PHX PP BUF PP PHX SH BUF SH PHX Tot. BUF Tot. PHX
1 3 9 0 1 0 0 3 10
2 3 2 1 1 0 0 4 3
3 0 2 0 0 1 0 1 2
                 
Total 6 13 1 2 1 0 8 15

We hope this exercise has been enlightening as well as educational.

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#1 Ty
January 31 2014, 10:56AM
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How about the San Jose-Edmonton game? anyone looking at the score without seeing the game would think that Edmonton dominated San Jose, but San Jose pretty much did everything you could ask for them (on offense and defense), yet still came up on the short end.

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