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Playoff bubble watch — Buffalo Sabres edition

Mar 5, 2012, 2:29 PM EDT

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With the NHL playoff race getting down to the wire, we’ll be providing regular updates on each bubble team’s postseason push.

Bubble team: Buffalo Sabres

Where they stand: 11th in the East, two points back of eighth-place Winnipeg.

Games remaining: 17

SportsClubStats.com says: 14.1% chance of making the playoffs

Why they’ll get in:

They’re getting hot at the right time. The Sabres defeated Vancouver Saturday to improve their record to 6-0-1 in their last seven games. Goalie Ryan Miller has been brilliant during that stretch and was just named the NHL’s first star of the week. On paper, Buffalo is a playoff team. It’s battled injuries all season, but is healthy now.

Why they won’t:

A tough schedule that includes two trips to Boston and one to Madison Square Garden.

Quotable:

“We’re battling hard to get back in the picture. When you can beat a team that’s basically the first-place team in the league, it’s a big plus.” – coach Lindy Ruff after Saturday’s 5-3 victory over the Canucks.

Biggest game coming up:

Tonight in Winnipeg against the eighth-place Jets.

  1. buffalomafia - Mar 5, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Ryan Miller plays exceptionaly well in front of his wife! Maybe she should come to Buffalo?

    Please sit Patrick Kaleta!

  2. haterzgonahate - Mar 5, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    still can’t believe they’re in this position. I had the Sabres pegged to be the beasts of the East this season after the moves they made in the offseason.

    as far as i’m concerned, they have to make the playoffs just to save face.

  3. Nick - Mar 5, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Only a 14% chance? Seems incredibly low for a team that is only 2 points back. I know there are a lot of teams in the mix vying for one spot but Ottawa’s spot at #7 isnt safe either

  4. billsin20xx - Mar 5, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    With their lack of scoring they aren’t going to go anywhere in the playoffs.
    That said, I really hope they don’t make them so there isn’t any reason at all to keep Regier and/or Ruff. If they show life in the playoffs the temptation will be too great to keep those guys and we will be in for another mediocre season next year.

    We Want Dudley, We want Dudley! Let’s get the chant going!!!

  5. buffalomafia - Mar 5, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    We want Dudley! For that matter the beer vendor!

  6. Buffalo Grumblings - Mar 6, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    I agree. Sabres have been a disappointment. Time to retool the team. Even if they get into the dance, it would be another one and done. But then any of the teams fighting for the last position are not going to challenge to be drinking from Lord Stanley’s Cup.

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