Apr 19, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres head coach Ron Rolston on the bench during the game against the New York Rangers at the First Niagara Center. Rangers beat the Sabres 8-4. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Daily Poll: What Are The Odds That The Buffalo Sabres Will Make The Playoffs in 2013-2014?


Even though it’s summer – the dry spell in the world of hockey – I’ve come to realize that Buffalo Sabres fans are a passionate bunch.

Very little has happened in Sabreland since the 2013 NHL Entry Draft took place on June 20, yet the Internet is alive with people expressing hope, or

dismay, over the upcoming 2013-2014 NHL season.  Some fans are excited about the direction in which the Sabres are headed, while others want Darcy Regier’s head to be displayed on a spike atop the First Niagara Center, Game of Thrones-style.    Even when there is zero news coming out of the 716, Buffalo Sabres fans want to talk about how they feel, which is why I feel Sabres fans are some of the best fans in the world of sports.

Sabres fans are also a volatile bunch, so it’s time to set up the dynamite and provide the spark: what are the odds that the Buffalo Sabres will make the playoffs next year?

We here at Sabre Noise represent a wide range of opinions.  Some of are pretty confident that the Sabres will be one of the top eight teams in the Eastern Conference next year; others can see it going either while; and there’s probably a few of us who are laughing at the question because we feel it’s possibly a sick joke.

I’ll go on the record as saying that, even though I don’t see a team that is much different from last year’s squad, I peg the odds at 50%.  The Sabres were not the worst team in the east last season, and they have shown promise, so I can see a few breaks going their way that allow the Sabres to steal the 8th or even 7th spot in 13-14.  I’m trying to be optimistic, but that’s as far as I can go today!

What odds do you give the Sabres next season?  Vote, and leave your comments below!

What are the Sabres' odds of making the playoffs in 2013-2014?

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  • Matt Nolan

    It depends on what happens to vanek/miller

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      That would have an impact, certainly. At this point, I’m assuming they start the season with the Sabres.

      • Matt Nolan

        I think vanek can carry a team to competition if he’s on our team and stays healthy it could shift our fortunes but healthy is the key miller not so much I’d like to see miller go and keep vanek till deadline if we’re not competitive i say all in for Connor mcdavid lol

        • Jes

          Me too. Vanek is a must stay but not at $7 Million. Miller is a must go. We have a plethora of goalies ready to move in to the Pros. If Darcy was smart he’d just take Oshie and call it a day.

  • Kevin

    If the assumption was made that the pair would start the season then they have a shot, but to place a figure on that is a tuffy Rich. It all comes down to how soon they can grasp Rolstons’ system and get wins early rather than waiting until March.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Placing a figure is impossible – that’s why it’s fun! I’ve always wondered how Vegas sets odds like this.

  • Tony

    “We here at Sabre Noise represent a wide range of opinions.”

    50%, eh? So you don’t have an opinion and you’re not going to commit either way. In other words you’re selecting, “No Comment”. Got it. Great article.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      I’ve been commenting on the Sabres all year – check out the site, my opinion is all over the place. And “no comment” means I have nothing to say, instead of you know, saying something, which is what I did in this post. Thanks for the read, though!

      • Jes

        I think Tony’s try to say that there really was no point to this article. That’s like hey what do you think we will have a boy or a girl? And you come back and say hey I think we will have a boy or a girl and then when we have a girl you just comeback and say something like I told you so.

        • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

          53 other people also voted 50% so it’s not like I was alone. If there’s no point to the article, don’t read it. No need to be rude, was my point. Besides, there IS a point to the article: to have fun voting on the odds that the Sabres will make the playoffs. Fun! A poll is designed to get the reader involved, just like any other poll you can find on thousands of websites around the Internet. That’s all a poll ever is supposed to be – fun.

          • Jes

            I didn’t say it was a pointless. I personally liked it. But I’m just getting across to you what I believe Tony meant. But honestly it’s obviously a 50/50 shot that a team makes a playoffs. So basically your just going the safe route saying hey we have a 50% chance right?

          • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

            Don’t worry – I know you’re trying to explain his comment. I understood his comment; it’s just that he’s wrong! :) I give my opinions all the time. In this case, my opinion is that the Sabres season is equally likely to be a losing one as it is a winning one. When you set odds, you don’t skip 50% simply because it’s in the middle; it’s a valid percentage. And no, not every team has a 50/50 shot – that’s ridiculous. Vegas wouldn’t bother setting odds if every game was a 50/50 split. Some teams are just better than others. I wouldn’t give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 50% chance of making the playoffs, but for a fair-to-middling team like the Sabres, I would.

  • davidmuscalo

    I voted 25%, but with the caveat that Miller is our Goalie. Without Miller in Goal, we have 0% chance of making the playoffs. All other goalie options are minor league material including Enroth.

    • Jes

      LOL Miller’s done. Playoffs twice in the last 6 years with him in the fold as THE GUY in Buffalo. 25% if Miller stays in net 50% if Enroth and Hackett play like they are starters.

  • Jes

    Sabres won’t make playoffs. with Detroit and Columbus joining a crowded East and teams looking to rebound in Philli and Tampa I just don`t see it happening unless our D becomes the D of the NHL and our puck possession number rises i just don’t see it happening. Even with Miller and Vanek in the fold I say the odds are worse than without them because there UFA status will distract team all year long and I hoe to god Darcy is smart enough to deal Miller soon. Vanek I wouldn`t mind having in the fold for awhile but not at $7 million,

  • Doug Wilson

    I agree with Jes about the added teams to the East will hurt the Sabres playoff chances even more and also about his reference to puck possession.
    Maybe I’m just missing conversations on this subject, as I haven’t seen it addressed much, but one of the things that really got under my skin, last season, was watching them lose the majority of face-offs game after game! Actually, our face-off win % started going south after the departure of Gustaad, which is understandable, but there never seemed to be any improvement. I’m sure they practice face-offs or are they just inept on face-offs or is it because our centers are small, for the most part and get out muscled?
    Winning a higher % of face-offs (especially the big ones in our end, when the opposition is on the power play) would certainly improve the offense by increasing our scoring chances while decreasing our opponents chances and at the same time help take some heat off Miller.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Hey Doug – I agree with you over the face-offs issue, During the season, I wrote a few pieces about why the Sabres should have targeted someone like Ryan O’Reilly, who was languishing overseas and who is solid in the face-off circle. Puck possession killed the Sabres last year. Some of my Wish List series also targets centers with high face-off percentages.

    • Kevin

      I agree about the faceoffs in our own end. Nothing is more crucial. Faceoff wins are to me part of your defense and puck control. If your lousy at it you’re playing the chase game all night. And that wears down a team. To me if they were going to pick up a free agent they need to pickup someone good at faceoffs.

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