The Sabres are 2-1 against the Florida Panthers this year. The Panthers, normally tame house cats at this time of the year, are playing like caged lions, ready to break back into the playoff scene. It will be interesting to see if the Sabres can overcome some serious deficiencies in order to make the playoffs. With only an available 20 points left, the Sabres need to make the transition from soft bubble team, to hard nosed competitor really quick. Its a change that I don’t think can be made.
Good news for Sabres fans – Ryan Miller is close to returning, and while Mikael Tellqvist will get his second start as a Buffalo Sabre, Miller could be back by this weekend.
Making excuses as to why they are not going to make the playoffs, I should make one thing clear, if the Sabres miss the playoffs, it will not be because they lost Ryan Miller, to injury. It will be because they could not perform when necessary.
If they do manage to make the playoffs however, it will be because of Ryan Miller.