Buffalo Sabres Draft Lottery Odds: Sixteen Games Remain


The Buffalo Sabres have a very short week this week.  It will give time for guys to get 100% healthy, and to meet the newest members of the team that have been called up from the Rochester Americans and get comfortable with them.

The three teams at the bottom have all played the same number of games, which plays into the Buffalo Sabres favor, currently sitting in the 30th overall spot and keeping Edmonton at bay with four points, and Arizona six points ahead.  Buffalo only has two games this week, Wednesday and Saturday.

After the weekend slate of games, here is the NHL Draft Lottery Standings as of Monday March 9, 2015.

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The Ottawa Senators are in good position to jump into the playoff mix, as they have played the fewest games among the bubble teams, and that could help their surge.  Now drum-roll please on the Draft Lottery Simulator spin for the day.  With an 8.5 percent chance at the number one overall pick in the draft, the Carolina Hurricanes will select first overall, and the Buffalo Sabres will select second overall.

Buffalo Sabres Light Schedule This Week, Five Games On Tap Tonight

There are five games on the schedule tonight, with both the Oilers and the Coyotes playing.  * Denotes impact on draft lottery standings.

New York Islanders @ Toronto Maple Leafs*

At the beginning of the season, I really was hoping the Islanders were going to be one of the teams in on the draft lottery.  Give credit to Garth Snow, last off-season he should have been worried about his job, and now his team is only two points behind the Montreal Canadiens for the top spot in the Eastern Conference and is in on the President’s Trophy race.  The Leafs, well they are the Leafs.

Edmonton Oilers @ Detroit Red Wings*

Edmonton is four up on the Buffalo Sabres and is still in on the McEichel sweepstakes.  Detroit is looking at tonight’s game as a way to snap their two game losing streak.

Anaheim Ducks @ Vancouver Canucks

Anaheim currently holds the top spot in the league, pushing for their first ever President’s Trophy, and the Vancouver Canucks are holding on to a divisional playoff spot.  LA is in on the chase to climb into one of those spots, and San Jose is quickly losing ground.

Nashville Predators @ Arizona Coyotes*

Despite holding on to the top spot in the Central Division the Predators are winless in their last six contests, and are 2-7-1 in their last ten games.  Playing the Coyotes might be the medicine the doctor ordered to snap out of the streak. Buffalo Sabres fans and the organization have to be hoping the losing streak continues, for at least one more game.

Pittsburgh Penguins @ San Jose Sharks

The San Jose Sharks are quickly losing ground on the playoff race.  They are six points back from the final wild card spot in the Western Conference.

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