Not many people are expecting the Sabres to go far in the playoffs, unless you are quite an optimistic fan. Buffalo’s chances do not look good going up against Washington or Pittsburgh, which is why winning the Northeast Division is a must.
The Sabres have been slumping for a while now, and Ottawa and Montreal are coming closer with each win. Buffalo has lost 16 of its last 20 and now have a three point lead over the Senators. So what happens if the Sabres drop out of the division lead?
It is imperative that Buffalo wins the division this season. If they are unable to, they are going to have a tough challenge in the first round of the playoffs. If they can win the division, they will...
Are the Sabres even good anymore? I forgot what it has been like to see them as a winning team. They have dropped 16 out of the last 20 games and are close to losing the division lead.
To be in the division lead, they had to be good at some point, right? To lose 16 of 20 and still be in the lead means that they must have done extremely well in the first half of the season. Now that the team continues to struggle, there is no confidence at all, especially since the playoffs are almost here.
The slump began during the road trip to the West Coast. From there, the Sabres had trouble winning and the same problem when they came back. They won a couple of games here and there, but not much el...
Buffalo (36-21-10) at Atlanta (28-29-11)
The Sabres visited the Thrashers Tuesday night as the second game of a current five game road trip. Buffalo was coming off of back to back losses against Minnesota and Detroit.
Just 33 seconds into the game, Nik Antropov put Atlanta in the lead. The Sabres fell behind by a pair of goals in the two games prior to this one, and the Thrashers were trying to do the same. Former Sabre Maxim Afinogenov assisted on the goal.
Bryan Little scored the second goal for the Thrashers, putting the Sabres down by two goals early in the game once again. Another former Sabre, Clarke MacArthur, assisted on the play.
Buffalo had an opportunity on a power pla...
Buffalo got off to a quick start on Thursday night with a goal from Derek Roy. Later in the first, Jochen Hecht scored to give the Sabres a two goal lead. The shot went off of a Carolina player and into the net as Hecht earned his first goal in 11 games. Hecht didn't have any other options, so he shot it from a tough angle and it ended up going in. It's never a bad idea to shoot the puck.
The Hurricanes did get on the board towards the end of the period, scoring a power play goal to cut the lead in half. Brandon Sutter earned his 14th goal of the season.
Carolina had Buffalo scrambling all over the place in the last few minutes of the first period. The Hurricanes had a power play that ...
As the midway point of the season came and went, the Buffalo Sabres were sitting comfortably atop the Northeast Division. Boston was the closest team team, but still trailed Buffalo by 12 points. Now, the Sabres have hit the biggest road bump of the season.
The west coast trip was just the beginning of the Sabres recent woes. The team has gone 2-8-1 in its last 11 games and find themselves clinging to a one point division lead. Ottawa has gone on a tear, winning its last 11 of 12.
Eight of the last 11 games have been decided by just one goal. The Sabres defeated New Jersey and Boston, perhaps snapping out of the losing skid. They have now lost four in a row, with just a couple of games...
The Sabres were hoping to snap a three game losing streak against Columbus. The last time these teams met was in 2008, when Columbus crushed Buffalo by a 6-1 score.
First place may be out of reach since Washington is on a 13 game winning streak, but the Sabres only trail the Devils by three points for 2nd place. Patrick Lalime is expected to get the start in net tonight. Prior to this game, Ryan Miller had started 12 straight games.
Lalime hasn't started since January 19th when he gave up four first-period goals, and had to be replaced by Miller, in an eventual loss to Anaheim. In that game, Miller was credited with the loss, even though he only allowed one goal.
Buffalo outshot Col...
These two teams have only met once so far this season, with three more to go. Buffalo won that meeting 5-1, scoring all their goals in the third period. The Sabres are just 2-5-1 in its last eight games.
Carolina took a 1-0 lead when Aaron Ward scored his first goal of the season. After being outshot 8-4, Buffalo got on the board towards the end of the first. Andrej Sekera took a shot from the point that was deflected by Jochen Hecht to tie the game at one.
Buffalo put on the pressure in the second period, outshooting Carolina 18-9, but neither team could score a goal. Early in the third period, the Hurricanes regained their one goal lead again. Eric Staal scored the Carolina goal.
After back to back wins at home, the Sabres headed into Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins for the third time this year. The teams have split the first two meetings of the season, both with one goal wins.
For a while, it looked as if the Sabres had a chance to take first place in the Conference. With the Capitals winning ten in a row, the Sabres are nine points out of that top spot, with two games in hand.
Mark Letestu scored his first career NHL goal just 47 seconds into the game. Pittsburgh had an early 1-0 on Ryan Miller and the Sabres. The last time these teams met, Miller was pulled by the end of the second period.
Buffalo responded with a tally of their own. On the power play,...
Buffalo hosted the Bruins looking for its second win in a row. Boston will have Marc Savard back in the lineup, which is a big relief for the Bruins. Without Savard, the team went 1-6-1 and only scored 13 goals.
Boston has won the first two meetings between these teams, but trail Buffalo by 15 points. Despite being 11th in the conference, Boston can jump all the way up to 6th with a win tonight.
The Sabres will have Ryan Miller in net once again, looking to improve his stats even more. Antti Niemi is the only one ahead of Miller in goals against average with 1.99.
Henrik Tallinder scored his third goal of the season, putting Buffalo up 1-0. For Buffalo fans, it was a great relie...
Buffalo (30-13-7) at Vancouver (31-18-2)
The seven game road trip came to an end tonight for Buffalo. Buffalo needed to defeat Vancouver in order to win the trip. This was the only meeting between these two teams this year.
Buffalo won the only meeting last year by a score of 5-2. The Sabres had to face another Olympic goaltender in Roberto Luongo on Monday night. Buffalo will then face Martin Brodeur on Wednesday.
Tim Connolly brought in a 15 game point streak, while Alex Burrows brought an 11 game point streak, so both players hoped to extend those. Buffalo could not be happier to get the road trip over with. They have not been home in about two weeks and would like to get a...