We all know what’s at stake for the Buffalo Sabres right now. Every point is important, being 2 back of Washington (also playing tonight). The improbable run Buffalo’s on (slightly more improbable than last year) is coming to a close, with only 8 more games left after tonight. The Sabres have gotten a lot of help – the other contenders for the 8th spot have been doing a LOT of losing, so that even when Buffalo only picked up 1 point in a few games recently, it didn’t hurt. They weathered Tyler Myers being out, and get him back tonight.
So why isn’t there more buzz about this team? Well, for me, I’m just enjoying the ride. Trying not to get too wound up in case they falter. Even if they make the playoffs, there are some juggernauts they might end up facing (Penguins look deadly right now). Much like Gerbe’s second-half last year, I’ve loved watching Tyler Ennis develop. I want to see more of this rough and tumble Tyler Myers. I’m very much enjoying the success of the young guns on their call-ups, with Foligno in particular showing why we were okay with trading away Zack Kassian.
I might just get to watch tonight, and while I’m not jumping-up-and-down excited like some people seem to be expecting, I’m happy. Take it or leave it.