After a feeble end to a lackluster homestand; the Buffalo Sabres continue to push for eighth place. In order to do that, the Buffalo Sabres will have to do it on the road, as their next seven games will be played away from their home at HSBC Arena.
While they are away, Terry Pegula’s designers will be looking to make minor changes to HSBC Arena, like installing a new rug in the Sabres locker room.
While the digs at home are changing, the Buffalo Sabres have to get down to business. Only two points out of eighth place (Carolina) with two games in hand, and five points out of seventh (New York Rangers) with three games in hand, the Buffalo Sabres could realistically come back to HSBC Arena on March 12 after playing Toronto holding on to a playoff spot. The Sabres first two opponents are the Rangers and Hurricanes, so the first two games are the most important.
While the first half of March gives the Sabres ample time and opportunities to gain standing in the playoff race, the second half of the month gives the Sabres an opportunity to cement a position within the top eight, playing the same Rangers and Hurricanes – this time at home.
The rest of the month includes games against teams below the Buffalo Sabres and a trip down to Nashville.
With only five games in April (one against Carolina) the Buffalo Sabres really need to use the month of March in order to placate new owner Terry Pegula’s want for a playoff run this year.
At first I was ready to sell off unnecessary parts of this team at the deadline, but I almost want to see them hit the playoffs this year to see what a little motivation can do to this team. If Pegula knows who is going to be a player come playoff time; it might be easier to make decisions on who to keep on around for the three year plan.