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:
2213-5-430
2313-6-430
2012-5-327
2012-5-327
2212-9-125
219-9-321
197-10-216
216-12-315
Central Division Leaders:
2116-4-133
2316-6-133
2214-4-432
2412-7-529
2510-10-525
2310-13-020
267-16-317
186-8-416
North Division Leaders:
2518-5-238
2315-7-131
2514-11-028
2210-6-626
2411-11-224
2710-15-222
268-17-117
West Division Leaders:
1914-4-129
2313-8-228
2012-7-125
2012-7-125
2210-9-323
219-8-422
208-10-218
236-12-517

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.