Monday, October 22, 2007

Winning without scoring in Minnesota

The Minnesota Wild have the best record in the NHL so far this year at 7-0-1 picking up 15 of 16 possible points. However unlike the Sabres who rely on scoring, scoring, and scoring the Wild is winning without getting any goals. While the Sabres have 26 goals in seven games, the Wild have only scored 20 times in eight games. While Buffalo has yet to win without scoring at least five goals, Minnesota has yet to score more than three in a game.

The difference obviously is defence, and while it doesn't make exciting hockey it does win games. Even in their only loss they only gave up three goals until the shoot out.

While this strategy probably would not work for Buffalo, they do need to remember that actually trying on defence is a good thing.

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