Can you call it a new era yet? The Buffalo Sabres will head into tonight’s contest with the Ottawa Senators without their captain Jason Pominville, traded at the deadline to the Minnesota Wild.
They have been drawing a blank against the Senators so far this season, going 0-3 against the Sens and being outscored 10-6 in the process, to include one shutout. Buffalo is coming off an emotional 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins – a victory in which they had their captain leading the charge for the last time.
Buffalo will need the same type output from the players if they want to recreate their success. It could also be a lets drop in the standings and improve our draft posture – but no team will admit to purposely failing to raise their stock. The Senators should have dropped off in the standings, given the injuries they sustained to Jason Spezza, Craig Anderson, Erik Karlsson, and Milan Michalek, but they were able to maintain their course.
While they not as high as they would have liked, they are sitting comfortably in fifth place. Meanwhile, the Buffalo Sabres, nestled just four points out of the final spot in the Eastern Conference – are the only team in the Northeast Division that’s not in the playoff picture. Game time is scheduled for 7PM tonight as the Buffalo Sabres embark on an impressive homestand to close out the season, with eight of their last eleven games in the friendly confines of the First Niagara Center. It is not impossible for the Buffalo Sabres to make the playoffs this year – but is it near impossible. With 5-6 points seperating them from the playoff teams – and no games in hand; the end is likely near for the Buffalo Sabres.