Last season, Buffalo were off to an even worse start then they are now. 30 games in during the 2010-2011 season, the Sabres were 12-14-4 as they headed into a game against Boston
The Sabres were riding a streak of 4-2-1 and beat the Sharks. We all know what happened the rest of the year. The Sabres kept losing, but used a late surge to propel themselves into the postseason picture.
Now, 30 games in, the Sabres are 15-12-3 for 33 points. They had 28 points at this mark last year.
15-12-3 is not too impressive, especially considering nine of those are regulation losses on home ice.
You can consider the team back to .500. The overtime and shootout losses are still losses, so the team would basically be 15-15 with a couple of extra points.
The team was doing worse last season, so if Buffalo made the playoffs then, there’s no reason they can’t do it this year. If the team can earn some W’s now, they should be able to improve as the injured players return.