The Buffalo Sabres are coming off of a strong last few games, and they are finally climbing in the Week 5 Atlantic Division Power Rankings. But how far?
The Buffalo Sabres are finally starting to click offensively, even if they are still struggling through some difficult outings. They were remarkable in their big win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, before a couple of well-timed plays put them on the board against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Their efforts, and the stagnation of a few teams in the Atlantic Division, have at least bumped them up a rung, but they still have work to do if they plan on catching the top three teams within the next week. So where did the Blue and Gold ultimately end up in the Atlantic Power Rankings, and who stands ahead of them as of Week 5?
Keep reading to find out where the Sabres stand, and whether they have a chance to soar even higher in the coming week.
Buffalo Sabres gain steam in Week 5 Atlantic Power Rankings
8 – Montreal Canadiens
Thought this might happen as the season hit full stride, as the Montreal Canadiens are starting to show their overall inexperience. While two of those four losses have been narrow, the Habs have been outscored 11-6 in their previous two meetings.
7 – Ottawa Senators
The Ottawa Senators are still last in the Atlantic with 10 points, but they are 0.500 in their previous 10 games, so things may be finally looking up. Their recent win was a convincing 6-3 outing over the Toronto Maple Leafs. And speaking of which…
6 – Toronto Maple Leafs
Until the Maple Leafs fix their defensive issues, they will continue to drop in these rankings. After our Buffalo Sabres handled them in what was a 6-4 loss, Toronto has allowed 11 goals, They have also dropped five of their last six, so these issues may be nearing no end.