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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Cam Charron is a BC hockey fan that writes about hockey on many different websites including this one.