We are just about half way through the season, and for the Buffalo Sabres, if the season were to end right now, the playoffs would be something that they would be trying to revamp their team in order to make in the next campaign.
How easy is it to accomplish a second half comeback the Sabres need in order to make the playoffs? For starters, were going to list the top eight right now, and then re-visit the top eight towards the end of the season. Here are the top eight as of right now:
While we can’t say for certain that it will be these eight teams representing the Eastern Conference for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the disparity in the East this year has them sitting fairly comfortably in the top eight. You cannot count out four teams right now.
10. Buffalo Sabres
11. Florida Panthers
12. Ottawa Senators
Mathematically all of these teams are still in contention for a low seed playoff berth, and the Sabres are probably the closest to jumping to as high as number three, with the greatest chance of catching their division lead (thats not me being a homer – I doubt it will happen, but they have the best odds of it happening). While it is too early to mathematically tell a team to prepare for the draft, there is little doubt in my mind that none of the bottom four teams will be playing hockey in the spring.
Have you given up hope on the Buffalo Sabres? There is still a small possibility of making the playoffs with this group, and an even smaller chance still at winning the division. Without the assistance of the teams leading scorer, Derek Roy, and Ryan Miller not playing up to his potential on most nights, the task seems very daunting – but it is doable.
If the Sabres remained on the same path of winning/losing and going to overtime, they will end up with a season point total of 82 points, and ninety seems to be the number that teams have to shoot for. Only once since the lockout did 88 points get a team into the playoffs, and only 4 times this decade has a point total in the eighty’s been enough for a team.