Playoffs: To Win or Not To Win

That is the question!

For the first time since 2006-2007, the Buffalo Sabres will reach the post season. They are on their way to clinching the Northeast Division (albeit a weak one), and Olympic All Star goalie Ryan Miller can pass the 40 win mark for the first time in his career.

But how will this team fare in the playoffs? That is the big question.

No team in the Eastern Conference with a playoff berth this year has a bigger question mark next to them than the Buffalo Sabres. The top 8 teams in the East have all been staples in the post season for the past few seasons. More or less, spectators know what to expect. But it's the Sabres that leave me stumped.

Realistically, I think this is a lackluster Sabres squad that happens to have a fantastic "defense first" system provided by Lindy Ruff (enhanced by rookie phenom Tyler Myers), and a Vezina worthy goalie in Ryan Miller.

Without any true established elite players on the team, save Miller, just how far can this squad go?

I'm not entirely sure, but with Miller in net, anything is possible.

All it takes is a hot goaltender and a few key players to step up to create a deep playoff run. Defensively, I look for Miller and future All Star stud dman Tyler Myers to really step their game up in the post season.

On the offensive side of things, I'm not entirely too sure who will step up. The offense for the Sabres have struggled with consistency and effort all season. Perhaps Tim Connolly, who provided some magic in his last playoff run for the Sabres in 2005-2006, can step up and have a hearty playoff run. Jason Pominville has been playing excellent as of late, scoring clutch goals and making key defensive plays. Hopefully his hot play can stretch into the playoffs.

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