Rasmus Ristolainen’s Paradoxical Corsi

Rasmus Ristolainen, the number one defender for the Buffalo Sabres entering the 2017-2018 season is an interesting case. Most Sabres fans love him and are happy to see him as the number one guy. Analytics, however, tend to disagree—often making note of his bad Corsi numbers. Let’s take a look at these numbers and see…

An Early Look for Improvement

Matt Moulson. Zemgus Girgensons. Zach Bogosian. Not necessarily the most exciting players on the Buffalo Sabres, but players nonetheless. These three, in particular, have faced struggles recently and have taken criticism from Buffalo fans. That being said, a new season is upon us, and with it—a fresh start. In order to look ahead at the…

Sabre Metrics: Should He Stay or Should He Go?

Whether you love him, hate him, or still don’t know the difference between him and Patrick Kane, Evander Kane is currently one of the hottest topics for the Buffalo Sabres. This is particularly true due to the trade rumors starting to swirl, most of which involve the Los Angeles Kings. The basic argument is this—those…

Advanced Stats: The Real MVP

With the Stanley Cup Finals in full swing and the NHL Awards approaching, it’s a good time to look at who the league MVP might be. It’s important to consider what MVP actually stands for while evaluating the player’s performances this past season—Most Valuable player. Not necessarily the best. That being said, those two accolades…

Sabre-Metrics: Moose

Marcus Foligno, AKA “Moose”, was one of the many topics of discussion this past season, particularly due to his playing time on Eichel’s line and his desire to continue to play on that line. Many people argue the Foligno doesn’t have the speed to keep up with Jack and is hurting more than helping. This…

Sabre-Metrics: A Tale of Two Centers

Johan Larsson, aged 24. Zemgus Girgensons, aged 23. Both centers for the Buffalo Sabres. Both restricted free agents. With the changes the Sabres have been seeing lately these two are often debated in the context that one should stay and one should go. All that’s left to figure out is who’s who in that debate.…

Advanced Stats: Defense Targets

If you read my analysis about Eichel’s return, or managed to watch at least five or so games this past season, you probably noticed that Buffalo’s D could be awful to watch at times. Injuries didn’t help, but they weren’t an excuse. Long story short, Buffalo has same work to do on fixing their defense…