Although the Sabres still remain four points behind the final playoff spot, tonight’s loss to a very beatable Jets team certainly didn’t help. It isn’t as if the Jets don’t have something to fight for either, as they are now only two points behind the Washington Capitals for the Southeast Division lead and a guaranteed spot in the playoffs.
Despite the fact that the Sabres and the Jets took the same amount of shots, something that hadn’t happened during the Sabres’ recent streak, the team just couldn’t put the puck in the back of the net. Ryan Miller looked flat, which is completely understandable after being on fire all of last week.
The Sabres‘ lone goal came from Kevin Porter after letting the Jets score three goals in the second period. This game was also Thomas Vanek‘s first game back after having to sit because of an upper body injury. The Sabres’ powerplay also continued its anemic play by not scoring in their three attempts.
Perhaps it is equally foolish to bury the Sabres after this bad loss, as it was to believe they had a legitimate shot at making the playoffs in spite of all the trades they had made. Frankly, the Sabres aren’t deserving of the playoffs this year, and it is performances like these against the other teams currently not in the playoffs that continually prove this point.
If the Sabres don’t make the playoffs, it would be the exact fuel they need to complete the rebuilding job that was started before the trade deadline.