Face to Fetes’: Controlling your own Fate…


With eight games remaining the Sabres hold a three point lead over the eighth and final playoff spot. It’s really not that complicated at this point… win the games you NEED to win and your golf clubs can stay in the closet a little longer. Carolina is on the outside looking in and they have the same number of games remaining as Buffalo. Buffalo don’t look at what Carolina is doing, it doesn’t matter! All you need to worry about is winning your games. YOU CONTROL YOUR POST SEASON DESTINY. It’s that simple.

With that being said. It’s our jobs as fans and journalists to worry about the stuff outside of the Sabres control (and people in Buffalo do that so well). Looking at both teams remaining schedule, Buffalo has a clear advantage with the easier opponeants. The next eight games the Sabres will play New Jersey on Saturday at home, and since the Devils have returned back from their unreal winning dream, have been 5-4-1 in their last ten. Then we take on the Maple Leafs, Rangers, Capitals before a big meeting with the ‘Canes in Raleigh. That’s not horrible. Then they finish with Tampa Bay, Philly and Columbus. I know right now that might not seem so easy and you may be asking how in the world can I say we have an advantage. Stay with me…

The Hurricans on the other hand have the Lightnight twice along with the Capitals, Habs, the Islanders, the already mentioned Sabres, the Red Wings and Thrashers. I like Buffalo’s schedule more. I wouldn’t want to play Lighting twice along with Washington, Montreal and Red Wings who are all battling close for playoff seeding.

The Sabres can be a dangerous and it’s no secret why… Ryan Miller. We’ve all seen it, every once in a while Miller goes unconcoius and just decided to not allow any goals. People have seemed to forget about him just because he wasn’t an All-Star this year (and as much as I loved the new format I think the NHL wanted to get new faces to the fans this year). He’s played 62 games (which seems fake) and he still has 32 wins, with a 2.62 GAA. Those numbers are even more impressive when you think at times his defense has look liked it couldn’t stop a pee wee hockey team. Ryan Miller can single handedly get hot and stop everything from pucks, traffic, and evil villians for two weeks and carry the Sabres to a deep play off run. He’s still the defending Vezina Trophy winner until someone takes it from him. Oh yeah and he’s played in some pretty big games before… and I don’t think whoever gets the number one seed in the east is better than team Canada… just saying watch out.

Hey Sabres… Keep your blinders on and take care of your business and you’ll be playing in mid-April.

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About dfetes415

Aspiring sports journalist. Current sports writer for Bylinesports.com. I believe in the Atlanta Braves, Buffalo Sabres and Tim Tebow

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