To my shock and utter bewilderment the Buffalo Sabres season isn't over. With six games to play the Sabres have a legit shot at actually making the playoffs. The problem is (unless Ottawa falls apart) the only game that matters is tonight against the Washington Capitals.
Tonight is the Sabres' Super Bowl. They have to win this game or at the very least not lose in regulation. The math just isn't in their favor if they fall behind effectively by three points with ten possible points remaining. And while this hot streak is admirable it may just be delaying the inevitable.
When was the last big, must win games this franchise, this coach, this goalie, much of this team has played? Games six and seven against Philly last year. How did those games go?
If the Sabres don't make the playoffs how do you argue in favor of keeping Lindy Ruff and Darcy Regier yet again? If Buffalo doesn't make it that means Washington did. And what did they do? They fired their head coach in the middle of the season.
You can play the injury card all you freaking want, but every team (except for the NY Rangers) have injuries. Whether it is to the same extent doesn't really matter. If there are injuries or chemistry problems the GM needs to make the requisite changes to correct or at least shake up said problems. Those things didn't happen (or happen quick enough) to have enough of an effect (ya know assuming they don't make the playoffs).
Bottom line, tonight is a must win and based on the long long body of work we have to work with I can not predict victory. In fact, it would be just about shocking if the Sabres actually went into Washington and won tonight. However, win... and I'll eat a nice crow sando.
But hey at least we're all still watching right Terry?