I used to be able to say that I was not angry with the Sabres slide, just frustrated. Somehow, for some reason last night was the final straw. We continue to slip further out of playoff contention at the halfway point of the season, we show no passion, our GM is either unable or unwilling to move our players, and no amount of line-up tinkering or returning players make a difference. What is a fan to do?
As a fan, you can do anything you want. Throw out your game jersey, burn an effigy of Darcy Regier, swear you will stop watching games (if you still have MSG), write angry, grammatically messy comments on The Buffalo News site or find out where the Sabres player nearest you lives and politely ask them to stop sucking ass. It is up to you…
But, I would rather speak of my soaring disappointment right now. Right now, I am eagerly awaiting the day when we can all say “The Sabres have won two in a row!” This weekends back to back was more important than just establishing a winning streak though. We played two teams that are also on the outside looking in in the playoff picture. We are one of the other teams in that picture. These are the games that must be won. By losing to the Hurricanes, we close the gap in the basement, losing to the Jets widens the gap between us and a team fighting tooth and nail for that eighth place spot.
Every game does count right now. This is an unfortunate reality of losing a majority of our games for the past couple of months. Right now the Sabres cannot be mentioned in the same breath as an elite team. If they want to be elite, they need to crawl first. The Sabres need to start playing each game and especially the games against non-playoff team games like they are must wins. There is no tomorrow for the Sabres as the gap widens between eighth place and the Sabres. We are five points out of eighth and fifteen points out of first. Every game that the gap between eighth and us grows makes the playoffs much more difficult to get to.
I can’t tell the Sabres how they will win, but I do know that the games against teams like the Jets and the ‘Canes matter more now than they did last month.