The habs still hold down a playoff spot in late February which alot of people (including many posters here...at the time...whatever happen to those guys) thought was less likely than us ending up with the first overall pick in the draft, so....
I think the rest of the season comes down to tonights game. If we win we'll cruise to that playoff spot & the Rangers will start the firesale. If we lose we'll be in a constant struggle til the end battling the Sabres for #8.
But I think that the Sabres sched is just as hard, so our destiny is in our hands.
The Sabres next 10 games are murder:
Wed 25 at New Jersey 7:30 PM
Fri 27 NY Islanders 8:00 PM
Sat 28 at Ottawa 7:00 PM
Wed 3 Ottawa 7:00 PM
Sat 6 at Toronto 7:00 PM
Sun 7 St. Louis 6:00 PM
Wed 10 at Washington
Thu 11 Boston 7:00 PM
Sat 13 at Boston
Mon 15 Toronto
but they have a late March stretch after we face them of NYR, CBJ and TWICE the Pens...so even if we have a 5-6 point lead by that time, it won't be over since they'll be facing some bad teams.
Every team always controls its own destiny when you think about it. We HAVE to win the games against the teams chasing us or it's bye-bye until next year (or even longer, depending on the CBA). I really didn't expect much from the boys this year though so being in contention is a bonus for me in truth. Now that we have the chance though I can taste the playoffs...