The Buffalo Sabres playoff hopes are dim – but not out of the ball park just yet. Sitting six points out of the final playoff spot, the Buffalo Sabres need to win out of their remaining schedule to have a chance at sealing the final playoff spot.
That is a major task, given the fact that the team hasn’t been able to win more than three in a row all season. The rocky path of getting into the playoffs continues tonight against the Montreal Canadiens. Despite the fact that the two teams are on opposite ends of the playoff spectrum – the Buffalo Sabres have played well against the Canadiens so far this season.
The only contest Buffalo lost was a 6-1 whooping the Canadiens gave the Sabres back on February 2nd. Buffalo is 3-0 in the last meetings between these two teams, including the most recent victories which occured within four days of each other in mid March. Buffalo can afford at most one loss in their final eight games.
For the Buffalo Sabres - their best chance the rest of the 2013 regular season is to play the role of spoiler. Montreal is looking for two points tonight, as the continue to battle the Boston Bruins for the top spot in the division. An impressive feat for the Canadiens given they have not played well against Northeast division foes this year.
Peter Budaj will get the start in net against Buffalo tonight – and should play well given the fact that he is starting right after getting a two year deal from the Habs. It will most likely be Ryan Miller in net for the Buffalo Sabres – who need their goaltender to play in Vezina form if they have any hopes of rekindling a push for the playoffs.
Buffalo’s offense will need a pickup in tonights game, the top line was dreadful against the Winnipeg Jets, combining to be a -12 in the game, with all three players on ice for the opponents goals.