As the clock ticks down on another disappointing Buffalo Sabres season, the Sabres will welcome the Winnipeg Jets to town. This is the
second last home game for the Sabres as they’ll be looking to better the atmosphere at home than it was Friday night after their blow out loss to the New York Rangers.
With the 8-4 loss to the Rangers, the Sabres playoff hopes are officially 6-feet under. With Ryan Miller and the First Niagara faithful not getting along, Jhonas Enroth will be between the pipes. Enroth will look to give Buffalo it’s first win against Winnipeg this season, but he will need to be stellar to do so. In the last 5 games against the Jets the Sabres have managed to score just 1 goal in each game. That must improve.
The Sabres had another three-game winning streak snapped with their loss to the Rangers on Friday night. Interesting to note the Sabres have not managed to string together a four-game winning streak at any point this season.
Despite not having anything to play for themselves, the Sabres have two things going for them. The chance to play spoiler for teams, like the Jets, who are battling for the playoffs. And wanting to end on a high note for the fans and the management.
The Sabres final three games will see them square off against the Jets, Penguins and Islanders. Two of those games are at home, in front of a somewhat hostile First Niagara Centre. The Sabres players and fans have not gotten along this season, both sides taking jabs at each other for whatever reason. I guess they forgot they’re both on the same side.
If the Sabres could play three (3) solid games and finish the season 3-0, they could give the fans something to cheer about and end the season on a high note. In addition to ending the season on a high note, players like Brian Flynn, Kevin Porter, Mikhail Grigorenko, Nathan Gerbe, Tyler Ennis and Jhonas Enroth will all want to finish the season strong to prove they deserve to stick around next season.
The best part of being eliminated from the playoffs is the ability to play spoiler and make other teams feel your pain. One of the Sabres final three games are against teams will be battling for their playoff lives. If the Sabres were to win against the Jets on Monday night, they could put a major dent in their playoff hopes.
The Jets will be desperate for two points against the Sabres as they continue to chase down the eighth spot in the East. They’re coming off a 5-0-1 record at home which has got them back in the playoff picture. The Sabres aren’t desperate and there’s nothing more dangerous than a team with nothing to play for.