Ok, so here is my end of month report (EMR) for the Buffalo Sabres, and if things continue in this fashion, the outlook for the 2010-2011 season looks might bleak. We all knew at the start of the professional sports year in Buffalo that the Bills would be fighting the rest of the league off for the first overall pick in the entry draft – but who knew the Sabres might be in that running as well.
Now don’t get me wrong, the Sabres have a longer season and are by far better than the worst team in the league – but they are also not playing up to the ability of defending division champions.
At the end of the first month of play, the Buffalo Sabres are only one point out of last place in the league, a far cry from where they should be. It has been a long time since the Sabres have had that many teams in front of them. Only the New Jersey Devils have a fewer number of points; and they are in bad shape come personnel and finances.
The Buffalo Sabres have just three wins out of their first twelve games, add in the two loser points and you get their eight points. Things looked promising when the opened up the season with a win over division rivals and post-lockuot nemesis Ottawa Senators. The only other wins this month came against Atlanta and New Jersey. The team had a total of four back to back game situations, with travel involved every weekend – they split two and blanked on the other two. The most dangerous stat to date is the fact that they have not won a home game in four tries. On the road they were a mere .500. If that is something that continues in November, the Sabres will only be adding another 2-3 wins, as they have eight home and five away games in the second month of the season.
Thanks for reading, and Happy Halloween.