I’m pretty sure they chartered a flight, but let’s keep up the banana slug jokes for the moment.
The Sabres need to win the last three games for any playoff scenario to work. It’s as simple as that. Whether I believe it will happen or not, at least tonight there is a reason to watch. One thing we do know, however, is that the Leafs will not make the playoffs once again. In all seriousness, it really is sad to see one of the best hockey markets and most storied hockey franchises suck so badly over the last few years. Well… kind of. Still, you can’t hope to see it last very long. In the mean time…
Also, tonight there will be an interesting game in the Southeast division, with the
Whalers Hurricanes taking on the Capitals. Currently the Caps sit two points back of the division lead and two points ahead of us in the standings. A win against Carolina would put them in a deadlock for the division lead, but Washington would have to finish higher in points because of the tiebreak advantage (total wins) the Hurricanes have.
So here’s the deal: in the span of two games the Capitals could go from 9th to 3rd place, something I would certainly like to see. However, if Washington does indeed make that push, the Sabres would almost certainly be eliminated from the playoffs, unless Carolina loses out. Which one is more likely to happen? Of course, it would seem like Washington going 1-2 is more likely then an 0-3 Canes finish. Still, it makes for an interesting time watching the scoreboard tonight.
For the record, I would love to see AO in the postseason, especially if it means Carolina doesn’t make it. However, would I sacrifice that need for a Sabres postseason spot? Absolutely. If you are a utilitarian, now is the time to tell me what to think.