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08-03-2012, 10:55 AM
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Rebound by Miller among 6 questions

In back-to-back seasons, the Buffalo Sabres have gotten off to a bad start. They were able to overcome it in 2010-11 and make the playoffs but came up three points short last season.

Buffalo has made the playoffs twice in the past five seasons and hasn't gotten past the first round since 2007, when the Sabres lost in the Eastern Conference Finals for the second year in a row.

Here are six questions the Sabres face entering the 2012-13 season
1. Can Ryan Miller return to the form he showed in 2009-10, when he was the best goaltender in the world?
2. Will either (or both) of this year's first-round picks make the team?
3. Can Cody Hodgson be the No. 1 center?
4. Which Ville Leino will the Sabres see this season -- the 2010 playoff star who earned a six-year, big-money deal from the Sabres, or the one who never got it going in his first season in Buffalo?
5. Who will be the odd man/men out on defense?
6. Will the Sabres' makeover into a "tough" team work?

Questions 1-5 are all valid but the final one is the one I'm most curious (and skeptical) about. The Sabres certainly addressed the worries that came from the Lucic incident but I'm not sure that it will translate into points in the standings.

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