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Sabres new-found success at the dot

Buffalo is 4th in the league in faceoffs at 52.5% this year

10-11 they were 27th at 47.7%.
09-10 they were 23rd at 48.6%.
08-09 they were 28th at 47.4%.
07-08 they were 25th at 48.6%.

You have to go back to Drury's last year here to find the last time they were above 50% and outside the bottom 10 in the league.

Obviously, key factors are Connolly/Hecht not taking faceoffs this year and Goose being Goose (59.8%), as well as the revelation that has been Jason Pominville (52.8%). But Brad Boyes, despite taking only 22 draws, has won 15 of them (68.2%). And perhaps more overlooked is the guy who leads the team in faceoffs taken, and winning 55.7%. That guy is Derek Roy.

Roy:
10-11 46.4%
09-10 50.4%
08-09 50.7%
07-08 51.2%

While he's always been average at the dot, he has been tremendous this year. Hopefully he can continue at this pace.

Luke Adam and Ville Leino has struggled at the dot. But having three dependable faceoff winners--and 1 on each line--is really very important. Plus all three kill penalties, where faceoff wins are huge.

Maintaining this success at the dot will really help the Sabres in the puck possession game which they want to play.

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