BLOG: WHAT WILL IT TAKE?
Friday, 04.3.2009 / 11:31 AM ET / Features
Suffering a 3-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night, the Sabres remain in 10th place in the standings with 85 points.
So what will it take to make the playoffs? Check out the scenarios below:
Eastern Conference Standings:
1. Boston 112
2. Washington 104
3. New Jersey 102
4. Philadelphia 95
5. Carolina 95
6. Pittsburgh 93
7. Montreal 92
8. NY Rangers 89
9. Florida 89
10. Buffalo 85
11. Toronto 77
12. Ottawa 76
If the Sabres win all four remaining games:
They would need the Rangers and Panthers to each lose one game to secure a playoff spot.
The Rangers and Panthers each have three games remaining. If both teams go 2-1-0 down the stretch, the Sabres would still secure a playoff spot due to tiebreakers.
If the Rangers win two of their three remaining games down the stretch, they would match the Sabres’ 95 points and 43 wins. However, Buffalo would win the tiebreaker, holding a 3-1 season series lead against New York.
The same theory applies to the Panthers, who currently sit two points ahead of Buffalo in ninth place. If the Panthers lose one of their remaining three games – tying the Sabres with 95 points – Buffalo would still claim the tiebreaker with 43 wins to Florida’s 42 wins.
If the Sabres win three out of four games:
The same pattern would follow suit. The Sabres would need the Rangers and Panthers to each lose two of their remaining games. If the Rangers and Panthers go 1-2-0, the Sabres would still secure a playoff spot due to tiebreakers.
NOTE: These scenarios do NOT account for overtime / shootout losses.