A few weeks ago, the Buffalo Sabres were second-to-last in the Eastern Conference, a full seven points behind the eighth spot. Trade rumors were swirling over this team’s head like vultures circling high above dying prey below.
Look what a difference just two weeks can make! After last night’s win over the Montreal Canadiens, the Sabres have somehow scratched and clawed their way into relevance again.
And what a difference one day can make, since by the end of this one, Buffalo may not be able to brag about its lot in life.
The problem? There are four games today alone that will have immediate impacts upon the Eastern Conference standings, two of which could actually bump the Sabres right back down as far as the 12th spot.
At 5 p.m., the Florida Panthers and New York Islanders will square off, with the Islanders needing just one point to tie the Sabres, and two to pass them.
While that game is wrapping up, three more games will be starting. Beginning at 7 p.m., the Washington Capitals will take on the New York Rangers, with the Capitals in the same boat as the Islanders: one point to tie Buffalo, and two to pass. Meanwhile, any points the Rangers secure will push them past the Carolina Hurricanes into the 8th spot, leaving Carolina in 9th tonight.
As if that is not enough, the Pittsburgh Penguins will face their intrastate rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers, starting at 7:30. Points by the Flyers will not be enough to catch Buffalo, but it could push the Flyers to within one of the Sabres. Finally, the 8 p.m. match-up between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Winnipeg Jets could have a similar result for the Lightning, who are playing their first game since head coach Guy Boucher was fired.
Got all of that? Good, because I don’t! But it looks like Sabres’ fans will be cheering for Florida, the Rangers, Pittsburgh, and Winnipeg tonight.
It’s time to stock up on your Tums, Sabres fans. because there will be plenty more nights like this one in your near future!!!