Re: Buffalo Sabres
I wish the Sabres could only play games against teams that are playoff teams, (based on 2/19/17 standings). Their record vs. teams headed to the real season, (again if the season ended yesterday), is 17-10-6.
Unfortunately they play other teams sitting outside the playoffs too. Against these teams their record is 9-14-4.
I think the only definitive conclusion we can draw is that it sucks to be a Sabres fan. It may indicate that no team can sleep on Buffalo. It may also indicate that Buffalo cannot afford to sleep on anyone, but they do.
The Sabres D blows, but any team with Risto on the roster has hope. Jake McCabe is rounding out to be pretty good too. Damn, you want more that 2 blueliners on your lineup.
If BUF loses one of their next two (at CO & AZ) then they absolutely will be sellers at the deadline. The expansion draft may add almost as much excitement as we normally expect at the trade deadline. I'm thinking it's time to sacrifice a first round pick, (top 3 protected) for D - hopefully someone from ANA. A June deal is much more likely than Feb., however.