by PuckStopsHere on 08/02/15 at 06:20 PM ET
A couple of days ago, I posted the team Corsi ratings for 2014/15. This is the difference between shots attempted by each team and their opponents in five on five situations. This is a measure of puck possession and is one of the more repeatable facets of hockey teams. The worst team in the league is the Buffalo Sabres. Buffalo's -1789 Corsi is the furthest deviation from the zero point that has ever been recorded since these statistics could be collected. Buffalo had over twenty more shots attempted by their opposition per game than by the Sabres themselves.
When looking at the worst 20 individual players by their Corsi, fourteen of the twenty players played for the Buffalo Sabres in 2014/15. Buffalo was a horrid puck possession team.
Buffalo finished last in the NHL in 2014/15. They posted only 23 wins and 54 points. This left them two points behind Arizona, who was second worst. Given their poor puck possession, one might expect Buffalo should have been even worse than that. Were there mitigating circumstances that had Buffalo finish better than they should have, despite being last place?
Not only was Buffalo bad at puck possession in 5 on 5 situations. They were also horrible on special teams. They had the worst power play at 13.4% and the worst penalty kill at 75.1%. There wasn't any circumstance when the Sabres looked like a good team.
There is some press about how this team has improved. Have they? They have a long way to go to be merely a weak team. To make matters worse, their biggest addition this summer Ryan O'Reilly has legal troubles.
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