This is, frankly, amazing to me. I AGAIN wrote this team off completely, still cheering for them, but kind of hoping they’d get an awesome draft pick and clean house. They made some solid deadline moves, pulling in a great player for the future, getting another 1st round pick, and so on. How could I know that Ryan Miller would start throwing down shutouts left and right? That Ville Leino and Brad Boyes would light up the scoresheet in the one game where he didn’t? And these are not bad teams being beaten either, with Boston, Vancouver and San Jose all falling to Buffalo recently. A healthy defense, secondary scoring to pick up the team when Vanek and Pominville are scuffling…this is what we thought we had all along. You all know by now that the Sabres can get at least a share of 8th place tonight, by beating Winnipeg in regulation. It may not last, but even so – they matter in this race now. What had been simply ‘not mathematically eliminated’ is now something much more possible. It’s quite a ride, and I’m glad I get to see them in person (as a fan, not with my ‘Serious Blogger Face’ on) against Montreal next week. Buckle up.