Wild Can’t Score, Sabres Can’t Keep ‘em Out…

Yesterday we regaled you with tales of the Chicago Blackhawks, a team that had yet to sustain a loss in regulation through their first 12 games. Well, they did it again last night, holding off the Anaheim Ducks, losing in a shootout and maintaining their near-perfect record of 10-0-3 through 13 games. On the flip side of that coin are teams like the Minnesota Wild and Buffalo Sabres, the Wild who sit dead last in goals scored, and the Sabres who sit dead last in goals allowed. Incredibly, neither team ever foresaw those as being potential issues. In Minnesota, the addition of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to compliment Mikko Koivu and Dany Heatley left the door wide open that the Wild would be a far more dangerous club. Yet, having managed only 27 goals in 13 games, the lack of offense is starting to cause some struggles. Likewise in Buffalo where Ryan Miller, a regular attendee of the All Star game, has been anywhere near his former self. The Sabres have allowed a league worst 48 goals against, and the worst part is that this is happening while they have the most offensively dominant player in the game, Tomas Vanek, leading the team – and league – scoring. It’s still early, but with a quarter of the season already complete, it seems like teams like the Blackhawks are already on their way to the playoffs while clubs like the Wild and Sabres are digging their way out of a playoff spot.