Buffalo Sabres Daily: NHL Playoffs, Las Vegas, Tanking


Good morning, Buffalo Sabres fans. Today is an off day for the Sabres, who defeated the Arizona Coyotes 4-1 last night in the “battle for 30th” in a late-night game. The Sabres return home tomorrow night to face the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first of a pair of consecutive games at First Niagara Center.

Whether you’re cheering for victories or cheering for the tank, can we all collectively take a moment to appreciate Andrej Meszaros?

Prior to Saturday night’s game in Colorado, Meszaros had three goals on the season.

Since then, he’s now scored twice in two consecutive games, more than doubling his goal total for the season and providing some (albeit unexpected) offense, including the game-winning goal in Monday night’s game against Arizona.

Stick taps to you, Andrej.

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In NHL news, we’re getting down to the wire of the regular season and starting to think about playoffs. It’s that time of the season where some teams are clinching spots, others are fighting to stay in a spot, and yet others can play spoiler.

“This team must win tonight to stay in the playoff race” is a phrase that isn’t too far away. Neither is “This team can eliminate that team from the playoffs.”

I think it’s always an exciting time of the year, regardless of where the Buffalo Sabres sit. It’s interesting to see just which teams ARE on the bubble, and it’ll be interesting to see what happens in the last stretch of the season.

From Yahoo! this morning: teams on the bubble that you don’t want to play.

One place where we haven’t heard much NHL news lately: Las Vegas. Things have been quietly stewing in Sin City, but for those who are curious — things are still in motion there.

Reports via ESPN indicate that the initial ticket drive broke its goal of 10,000, and now the potential owners are reaching out to local corporations for the next phase. Could we see the NHL in Vegas sooner rather than later?

News from overseas in the past few days: former NHLer Andre Deveaux was cut from his Swedish team, Rogle, on Monday, after a vicious slashing incident in a game last week.

Deveaux was a former Montreal Canadiens draft pick (182nd/2002) who played in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers between 2008 and 2012. He also played in the AHL with the Chicago Wolves, Springfield Falcons, Toronto Marlies, Connecticut Whale and San Antonio Rampage.

Deveaux spent last season with Yekaterinburg Automobilist in the KHL before joining Rogle this season. He had nine points in 20 games before being cut.

Video of the incident can be found at the above link.

Finally from Sportsnet this morning: a smart way to keep NHL teams from tanking.

I’m not going to ruin the article — go read it yourself, folks! – but it’s an interesting concept and an idea that I haven’t seen proposed before. What do you guys think?

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