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