NHL: Buffalo Sabres Hit Halfway Point With More Concerns

January 9th, 2011 by Kevin Freiheit Leave a reply »
An 18-18-5 record. Probably not where most fans thought the Sabres would be halfway through the season.

Buffalo is in 10th place in the Eastern Conference. Once Derek Roy was ruled out for the season, many fans were expecting a collapse or a panic mode, but the Sabres scored 11 goals in the next two games and have earned nine out of 10 points since.

Despite going 4-0-1 in the past five games, the Sabres remain eight points out of a playoff spot. Buffalo was a Tyler Ennis stick away from going a perfect 5-0 in the past five games.

Technically, Buffalo has moved back to .500 for the first time since it was 1-1 to begin the season. If you count the five overtime losses, the team is really 18-23.

With three overtime wins and a perfect 4-0 record in shootouts, the Sabres have earned an extra seven points. Buffalo is on pace for 82 points this season, which will likely make it fall short of a playoff spot.

Last year, Montreal finished in eighth with 88 points. If that holds true this season, the Sabres would need 47 points through the final 41 games. To reach that mark, the Sabres would have to win 24 out of 41 games, or po ...

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