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PREDICTING THE FUTURE

Wednesday, 08.24.2011 / 12:03 PM
By Kevin Snow - Sabres.com (@kwsnow) / BEYOND THE BOARDS
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BEYOND THE BOARDS
PREDICTING THE FUTURE
Ask any Sabres fan where the team will finish this year, and their answer usually includes the words “Stanley” and “Cup.” However, it doesn’t appear that our friends at The Hockey News agree.

In their annual Yearbook issue, THN writers predict the Sabres will finish fifth in the Eastern Conference – behind Washington, Pittsburgh, Boston and Philadelphia. The Capitals are also THN’s choice to win Stanley Cup this season. Chicago is predicted to be the Western Conference Cup representative, but Vancouver is their choice to finish first in the West during the regular season.

Before you start firing off hate mail to the THN editors, keep in mind their 2010-11 regular season predictions were almost on the money. They had both conference winners (Washington and Vancouver); nailed the top three finishers in order out West; correctly picked seven Eastern Conference playoff teams, and six in the West.


Derek Roy
The Hockey News has also released their “Ultimate Fantasy Pool Guide,” which features player analysis and individual point projections for those of us who dabble in hockey pools. (Full disclosure: I don’t just dabble in a hockey pool, I dive in head first. I’ve been in a 12-team keeper league for the last decade with team owners spread across North America. Our league format is so complex we can’t find an online service to run it. Our scoring is tabulated every day using an Excel spreadsheet and NHL.com stats.)

Derek Roy is projected by THN to rebound from his quad injury to lead the Sabres in scoring with 70 points, just ah ead of Thomas Vanek (69), Jason Pominville (63), Ville Leino (60) and Tyler Ennis (58). While those numbers all seem low to me, I was even more surprised their projection of a 48-point season for Drew Stafford. I’m convinced he’s a lock for at least 35 goals and 65-70 points this season.


Former Sabre Brad May was announced as one of seven hockey players to compete in season three of CBC’s Battle of the Blades. The show features former NHL’ers paired with world-class figure skaters in a competition that has become wildly popular with Canadian viewers. If you haven’t seen it, think of it as Dancing with the Stars on ice. This season’s roster also includes Bryan Berard and Wade Belak. I’ve had a chance to see a few episodes in previous seasons and it’s very addicting. Why this hasn’t been picked up by a US network is beyond me.


Finally, watch for details of a live chat with Sabres President Ted Black next week on sabres.com. He’s got plenty to talk about, including some of the latest arena renovation news.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82