Brutal Shooting Accuracy Costs The Buffalo Sabres Another Game
The Buffalo Sabres just have to be the worst shooting team in the National Hockey League. They work hard to put themselves in scoring position but fail to finish and it continues to cost them games including the one Friday night against the Washington Capitals.
Sabres fans were forced to endure yet another dreary loss at Key Bank Center, the ninth of the season out of 14 home games. Players whose job it is to score goals were in perfect spots to cash in, but missed.
Coach Dan Balsyma even admitted he had those opportunities already cashed in. And these aren't just any players. They're Jack Eichel and Kyle Okposo, two of the best scorers on the team. Rasmus Ristolainen hit a goal post on a power play. Those shots go in? It's a different game.
Not the same story for the Capitals - they buried their chances and it resulted in a 4-1 Buffalo defeat. Special teams are killing the Sabres. They allowed the Capitals two power play goals on just three chances, while scoring just once on five opportunities with the man advantage of their own.
Kyle Okposo did score Buffalo's only goal of the game to avoid the shut out, but just not enough from a team that needs to pick up points in a hurry if they have any aspirations for a playoff spot. And it's not a matter of effort. They're working hard, but just can't finish.
They try again Tuesday night at home against the Los Angeles Kings.