The bye week has come to an end.
Tor is 3rd in the Atlantic with 68 points and the NYI hold 2nd wildcard also with 68 pts. Both teams, like the Sabres, have played 60 games. The Loafs are only 4-3-3 in the last 10, while the NYI are 7-3 in their last 10. The next two closest teams are the Bruins (68 pts in 61 games & 7-3 in their last 10), & the Panthers (66 pts in gms & 8-2 in their last 10).
The Sabres are 6-4 in their last 10, but obviously with the way the Bruins, Panthers and Islanders are playing of late, we actually lost ground in the playoff chase.
If the Leafs, the worst of the 4 teams fighting for 2 spots, continue t play at a 4-3-3 pace the rest of the way, they'd finish with 92 pts for the season (and likely out of the playoffs). For us to match their 92 pts, we'd have to earn 30 pts in 22 games or 13-5-4. Not impossible, but not exactly likely. The last Sabres team t0 do it was the 2010-11 team that went 14-4-4 down the stretch to make the playoffs following Pegula's purchase of the team. That team scored 240 goals for the season and had 11 double digit goal scorers including two defensemen and 2 30 goals scorers (Vanek and Stafford).
Edited by yse325, 24 February 2017 - 12:37 PM.