Sabres’ performance against backup goaltenders
Over the past couple of seasons, I’ve heard a lot of talk about the Sabres and how they don’t play as well in front of opposing backup goaltenders. I started to take a mental note of every time this happened. In my mind, it seemed like the losses were adding up, and I started to believe this was a big problem for Buffalo.
This week I decided to do some research and figure just how poorly the Sabres have played against backup goaltender, just for the past two seasons. I was expecting to see a poor record when I finished, but the results were different than I anticipated.
After collecting some data, I found that the Sabres have actually performed very well against backups, especially during the 2011-12 season. Here is Buffalo’s record when facing backups since 2010:
As you can see above, the Sabres have had a winning record against backups in recent years. They went 13-7-5 in 2010-11, winning just over half of the games played. Last year, the Sabres improved and posted a 17-5 record.
To break it down further, I have created a few charts that show a game by game look at exactly when the Sabres faced a backup and the result of that game.
These are games in which a backup goaltender started the game. I did not include games in which a backup came in because the started was pulled or injured.
Click on the tabs below to see a different year.