It appeared just a week ago that the Buffalo Sabres were dead in the water in regards to their chances to make the playoffs. However, after three straight wins with the last two in shootouts, the Sabres appear to be heading in a much more positive direction as they begin a four-game road trip. Buffalo even got a win on Saturday without leading scorer Thomas Vanek and got two goals out of Jason Pominville. If the Sabres can at least split their next four games on the road, who knows what the future will hold in the last two months of the National Hockey League season for Buffalo.
Vanek could return for Sunday night’s game but he hasn’t been helping the Sabres out much lately anyway with no goals in his last five games and just three points in the last nine games. While Vanek’s return will definitely bring a scoring element back onto the ice, the way the team is playing right now could just lead to Vanek taking another day off Sunday and returning this coming week.
Buffalo is still in last place in the Northeast Division and has a large hill to climb if they want to make the playoffs or at least be a .500 team by the end of the season. The run of wins though has at least brought some sort of confidence to the Sabres roster that can be carried over into the next few games on the road. The season isn’t over yet and the second half could see Buffalo make a big run.