The Sabres are better than the Habs. Their Dmen are faster and get the puck up ice better with their crisper passing. Although their #1 shot blocker, McKee, is gone, the others aren't bad. Their goaltending is also better. Vanek has improved and Briere is back and in good health. The Habs should concentrate on finishing ahead of as many other rivals as possible in order to get a more favorable playoff position.