Chase for the playoffs

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Updated: February 15, 2017

The Buffalo Sabres have an 8% chance of making the playoffs. 

Rank
Team
Div
GP
REC
PTS
Atlantic Division Leaders:
1A5931-20-870
2A5631-19-668
3A5727-20-1064
Metropolitan Division Leaders:
1M5739-11-785
2M5736-13-880
3M5737-15-579
Wild Card leaders:
1M5738-18-177
2A5829-23-664
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3A5726-20-1163
4M5726-21-1062
5A5926-23-1062
6M5827-24-761
7M5825-23-1060
8A5725-24-858
9M5424-22-856
10A5823-25-1056

Odds: The odds do not sway in Buffalo’s favor, but due to a weak Atlantic Division, the Sabres are still in the race. They only need to pass two Atlantic teams to get in a playoff spot. That’s Florida and either Boston or Toronto.

 

Last night’s games: 3 of the 4 games last night went in Buffalo’s favor. Toronto, Detroit and Philadelphia each lost. Florida won, but the Sabres have a great opportunity to gain ground.

 

Tonight’s games of interest:

Colorado Avalanche @ Buffalo Sabres (7:30 pm) – The Sabres could move to 3 points out of the wild card and 4 behind Boston with a win tonight. Both the Leafs and Bruins are idle. Huge opportunity to move closer.

New York Rangers @ New York Islanders (7 pm) – The Islanders are one of the teams ahead of Buffalo, so we’re Rangers fans tonight.

Ottawa Senators @ New Jersey Devils (7 pm) – This one is a little tricky. It’s unlikely the Sabres will catch Ottawa, so having them win in regulation is best. The Devils are one spot ahead of Buffalo, but tied in points.

Philadelphia Flyers @ Edmonton Oilers (9 pm) – The Flyers lost last night, but they’re only two points out of the wild card. They’re a huge target for many teams. Root for the Oilers in this one.

 

Biggest Current Target: Boston Bruins

This could change quickly. There are a handful of teams that could slide into this spot.

For right now, the Sabres should be keeping the Bruins in their sights. Despite getting swept in the season series, Boston may be the team to catch. The Toronto Maple Leafs are one point behind Boston, but they have two games in hand. Most likely, the Leafs will pass the Bruins, dropping Boston to the final wild card spot. The Sabres trail the Bruins by six points, with one game in hand.

Here is a quick look at the remaining schedules for Buffalo and Boston:


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11 Comments

  1. Shawn Baker via Facebook

    April 18, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Yeah that’s why I said with a lot of luck haha 🙂 still never know.

  2. via Facebook

    April 18, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Sabres can only pass Ottawa if Sens lose out and Sabres win out. Highly unlikely.

  3. Shawn Baker via Facebook

    April 18, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Can’t we still pass Ottawa? Unless the games match up a way I’m not seeing we can still with a lot of luck… pass them. 23 percent is better then 0! I still believe and never lost faith in the sabres this year. Great report as always

  4. Bradley Brown via Facebook

    April 17, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    means Friday’s and Monday’s games are all that more important

  5. Marc Barone via Facebook

    April 17, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Need NY and WPG to start losing

  6. Marc Barone via Facebook

    April 17, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Only a 23 percent chance if we do win the rest of our games…

  7. Steve Chettleburgh via Facebook

    April 17, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Yeah if enroths between the pipes , mark my words if millers in we lose in boston

  8. Stan Campbell via Facebook

    April 17, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    Not at all. Lets go Sabres.

  9. Marc Barone via Facebook

    April 16, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Doesn’t help that the jets just won 🙁

  10. Anonymous

    April 16, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Great info, and good work with all the numbers. Hopefully one of these yeras e can have a “Playoff Primer” post for the Sabres and not just a push for the playoffs type post.

  11. Eric Ando via Facebook

    March 29, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Thanks a lot for putting that together. I have it bookmarked.

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