The 2013 NHL season is quickly coming to an end. The next eight games will decide the fate of the Buffalo Sabres. Will they make a dramatic playoff run or once again fall just short?
With only eight game remaining and the Sabres sitting 4 points out, every game becomes that much more important.
While all eight games are an important two points, here’s the three biggest games left for the Buffalo Sabres this season. If they have any hope of making the playoffs winning these games is a must.
April 19th vs. New York Rangers
As I write this the New York Rangers currently occupy the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. In order for the Sabres to obtain
that final spot beating the New York Rangers is a must. Last time these two teams squared off the Rangers defeated the Sabres in the shootout. Needing to finish with at least two more wins than the Rangers, a win in regulation would go a long way.
April 22nd vs. Winnipeg Jets
By this point in the season the Sabres could either be right out of the playoff picture or still battling tooth and nail. Much like the Rangers, the Winnipeg Jets are also ahead of the Sabres by four points in the Eastern Conference. The Sabres do have a game-in-hand and if they can grind out a win against the Jets they would close the gap and get two points closer to the playoffs.
April 26th vs. New York Islanders
With a shortened season and the way the Sabres season has gone, their playoff hopes could come right down to the last game of the regular season. Right now the Islanders sit 7th in the Eastern Conference. Yes you read that correctly the lowly Islanders are in the playoff picture and the Sabres are not. The chances of the Sabres passing the Islanders are slim with the current six point gap. But a win against the Islanders could give the Sabres the final two points they need to leap frog the eighth place team and land in the final eight.
Anything can happen in the last 2 weeks of the regular season, but these three games are virtual must-wins for the Sabres. The last eight games will no doubt be interesting. Will the Sabres win enough to make the playoffs? Win enough to take themselves out of a high draft-pick? Or lose enough to solidify a top three pick?