The Sabres may have more than a mountain to climb. That is if Buffalo wants a shot at squeaking into the playoffs.
Since the 2005-2006 NHL Season, the average magic number teams who play in the Eastern Conference needed to achieve in order to make the playoffs is 91.8 points. Correct me if I am wrong, but Buffalo will have to collect at least 25 points in 20 games to make the cut. Take into consideration a long road trip, 9 home games and 11 games away from the HSBC and we may as well call this mission (un)impossible.
In other words, Buffalo is either recieving a gift from the hockey gods or an early trip to the golf coarse. With 20 games remaining, Buffalo plays Carolina (8th seed) 3 times, Toronto 2 (10th seed), New York Rangers 1 (7th seed), Montreal 1 (6th seed) and Atlanta 1 (11th seed). Buffalo has 2 games in hand on Carolina and 3 on New York ! Can you say win or go home!?!
However, the Sabres have been playing as if there were a rink on cloud nine. Ever since Pegula’s declaration of Stanley Cup speech, Buffalo has a 3-0-1 record.
The Sabres are playing as competitive as any other team in the NHL. Detroit and New York are tough teams to defeat. Look no further than Los Angelas as an example of what the Wings can do on the road.
And the Rangers out-hustled the Sabres after newly acquired Brad Boyes scored in the second period. But it was Miller’s brilliance between the pipes that kept the Sabres playoff hopes alive!
Buffalo’s next game is against Carolina on Thursday. Puck drops at 7pm on MSG or WGR550!