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Sabres- What Will It Take?

Posted 12:32 PM ET | Comments 8
The Sabres are on the outside looking in. They sit 10th in the East; 8 points out of 8th place. They have lost Derek Roy for the season.

Tyler Myers and Ryan Miller are having disappointing seasons and the veteran leadership has been deemed unfit to play. How can the Sabres possibly make the playoffs? There is a way, but it isn’t pretty.

A start with the look at the numbers in the Eastern Conference will paint a desperate picture. The Sabres are just past the halfway point with a total of 43 points in 44 games. That leaves them trending to a total of 85 points. The average point total of an 8th place playoff team the last several years is 97 points. Leaving the Sabres well off the mark.

Buffalo currently sits just under .500 with 19 wins and 20 losses. The team sitting in 9th is currently Carolina. They sport a .567 winning percentage in the same number of games. This is a considerable lead given the progress of the season so far.

In the past several seasons an average winning percentage of .555 or higher was required to make the playoffs. (for the purposes of these statistics OTL have been disregarded)

A quick glance at some teams they are chasing would reveal Carolina (3 GB), Montreal (4 GB), Atlanta (4 GB), NY Rangers (6 GB), Washington (6 GB) and Boston (6 GB). Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh are even now probably too far out of reach. Buffalo does have three games in hand on Atlanta, Washington and NY and 1 on Montreal, but I find little comfort in that.

The Sabres have a combined total of 14 games head-to-head with the aforementioned teams. They also play the NY Islanders, Toronto and Ottawa a lot over the remainder of their schedule. Buffalo will need to average a .692 winning percentage over the final 38 games of the season to even think about taking a part in the playoffs come April.

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January 17, 2011 2:14 PM ET | Delete
hmmmm...the sabres should continue to build from the goal out and it all starts with ryan miller...one simple move would be for the sabres to acquire a d-partner for myers...they've already tried morrisonn which sucked...and sekera still sucks (just look at his last game vs. the isles)...i don't think they can afford to put weber up there, although i'd like to see myers/weber...
January 17, 2011 2:20 PM ET | Delete
what i'd like to see as a base for a trade is sekera and rivet for robyn regehr from calgary (fill in what's necessarey to get it done) and have him placed up-top with myers that should stabalize the back-end with monty/leo and weber/mo or buts rounding it out...maybe monty and leo can convince regehr to come to buffalo...
January 17, 2011 2:25 PM ET | Delete
if the opportunity to snag a bonafide #1 center, i'd have no qualms using enroth or kassian as a centerpiece in the deal...miller will be here for 4 years or more--and that's fine by me--so enroth's expendable...i'm not sold on kassian as being more than a third-liner...regier doesn't really know how to draft real men...
January 17, 2011 2:33 PM ET | Delete
they should persue--evgeni nabakov...lalime needs to go, the sabres need a back-up and they won't need to give up anything for nabakov...either offer him a contract or snatch him up on a waiver claim on the team that signs him...that is all...peace, my friends...ohh...and for twc and mhp--kevin phillips, "american theocracy"...solid!!!
January 17, 2011 8:02 PM ET | Delete
The last 5 years the 8th place team in the East had 92,92,94,93, and 88 points. Not sure how that averages 97.
January 17, 2011 8:25 PM ET | Delete
Boso, how the hell are you man. I agree it starts with Miller however, some guys on the blog want him traded why I don't know. Miller is the center piece in my opinion and we should build around him.
January 18, 2011 12:58 AM ET | Delete
January 20, 2011 5:38 PM ET | Delete
Time to come back to the board Boos
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