Chase for the Playoffs

The Buffalo Sabres have a 26.7% chance of making the playoffs. 

Where they stand: 4 points out

 TEAMGPRECPTS
East Division Leaders:
Y5637-16-377
X5636-15-577
X5633-16-773
X5632-17-771
5627-23-660
5625-23-858
5619-30-745
5615-34-737
Central Division Leaders:
Y5636-12-880
X5637-14-579
X5636-17-375
X5631-23-264
5623-19-1460
5624-25-755
5619-27-1048
5618-26-1248
North Division Leaders:
Y5635-14-777
X5635-19-272
X5630-23-363
X5624-21-1159
5626-27-355
5623-28-551
5623-29-450
West Division Leaders:
P5639-13-482
X5640-14-282
X5635-16-575
X5627-20-961
5624-26-654
5621-28-749
5621-28-749
5617-30-943

What to watch for on Friday:

AwayRoot forHome
NYR⭐️⭐️⭐️ 7 p.m.BUF
EDM⭐️⭐️ 7:30 p.m.CAR

Only a couple of games to keep an eye on, but the biggest is Buffalo’s own game against the Rangers, of course. Carolina’s game against Edmonton matters, but not nearly as much as the one at KeyBank Center this evening.

Current targets:

The Sabres must pass TWO of these teams:

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Penguins

Games remaining: 25 (13 home, 12 away)

The Penguins’ recent slide has seen them fall out of the top three spots in the Metro division. Since then, they’ve won two straight and hold a three-point lead over Carolina, and a four-point lead over Buffalo.

The Sabres have one game in hand.

Season series:

DateH/ATimeWinnerGWG
10/3/2019Away7 p.m.
2/22/2020Away1 p.m.
3/5/2020Home7 p.m.

Carolina

Carolina Hurricanes

Games remaining: 25 (14 home, 11 away)

The Hurricanes continue to stay right in the thick of things with a 7-2-1 record over their last 10. They’ll take on the Oilers tonight. Buffalo is one point behind Carolina with one game in hand.

Season series: 

DateH/ATimeWinnerGWG
Fri, Jan. 11thAway7:30 p.m.L 4-3Sebastian Aho
Thurs, Feb. 7thHome7 p.m.L 6-5 (OT)Tuevo Teravainen
Sat, Mar. 16thAway7 p.m.L 4-2Justin Williams

Montreal

Montreal Canadiens

Games remaining: 25 (10 home, 15 away)

The Sabres trail Montreal by six points, which is a bit of a gap, but they do have one game in hand. The Canadiens also have one of the toughest remaining schedules remaining. The Sabres have one meeting left against them.

Season series: 

DateH/ATimeWinnerGWG
Thurs, Oct. 25thHome7 p.m.W 4-3Kyle Okposo
Thurs, Nov. 8thAway7:30 p.m.W 6-5 (OT)Rasmus Ristolainen
Fri, Nov. 23rdHome4 p.m.W 3-2 (OT)Jeff Skinner
Sat, Mar. 23rdAway7 p.m.L 7-4Brendan Gallagher

Rear-view mirror:

Flyers

Games remaining: 25 (12 home, 13 away)

The Flyers trail the Sabres by four points and have gone 8-1-1 over their last 10 games. The Sabres have one game in hand over them and have one meeting left later this month. 

DateH/ATimeWinnerGWG
Wed, Nov. 21stHome7 p.m.W 5-2Evan Rodrigues
Sat, Dec. 8thHome1 p.m.L 6-2Claude Giroux
Tues, Feb. 26thAway7 p.m.L 5-2van Riemsdyk

Upcoming games of importance:

SAT 2/16

AwayRoot forHome
DET⭐️ 1 p.m.PHI
CGY⭐️⭐️ 1 p.m.PIT
DAL⭐️⭐️ 8 p.m.CAR

SUN 2/17

AwayRoot forHome
NYR⭐️⭐️ 12:30 p.m.PIT
BUF⭐️⭐️ 6 p.m.NJ
PHI⭐️ 6 p.m.DET
FLA⭐️ 7 p.m.MON

MON 2/18

There are six games today, but none will have much of an impact on Buffalo.