Yes, I’m wasting my time writing this but I’ve wasted a lot more time watching this team. What’s another few minutes? With 7 games left on the regular season schedule, the Sabres technically remain in reach of a playoff spot. (YAY!) Here are the basics (utilizing maximum points each team can conceivably earn) heading into the weekend of April 12-14.
BEST POSSIBLE OUTCOMES:
- Devils over Senators in regulation
- Sabres over Flyers in regulation
- Canadiens over Leafs in regulation
- Rangers/Islanders- can go either way but NO OVERTIME
- Capitals over Lightning in regulation
- Sabres over Lightning in regulation
Replace one of the teams currently in top 8.
4/13 #11 Philadelphia
4/14 #12 Tampa Bay
4/17 at #2 Boston
4/19 #8 NY Rangers
4/20 at #1 Pittsburgh
4/22 #9 Winnipeg
4/26 #7 NY Islanders
- Sabres can’t catch Pittsburgh, Boston, or Montreal. They also can’t take a playoff spot from the Southeast Division winner (currently Washington but possibly Tampa Bay.) This leaves Toronto, Ottawa, NY Islanders, and NY Rangers as “replaceable” teams.
- Rangers (max out at 60 points to Sabres 52) face Sabres on 4/19.
- Islanders (max out at 60) face Sabres in regular season finale on 4/26.
- Senators (max out at 62)
- Leafs (max out at 65)
- Jets (max out at 56) face Sabres on 4/22. Could pass Capitals and bring them into the equation.
- Devils (max out at 56)
- Lightning (max out at 54 but hold tiebreaker over Sabres.)
- Flyers (max out at 55 points) face Sabres on 4/13.
THINGS WE LIKE:
- Wins by Sabres- preferably in regulation.
- Losses by Rangers, Islanders, Senators, and Leafs and (to a lesser extent) Jets, Devils, Lightning, Flyers, and Capitals.
- Playoff hockey.
THINGS WE HATE:
- Overtime. Regulation decisions limit total point pool to 2. OT bumps it to 3. No good.
- Having to do this every year.
- Missing the playoffs.