Count down to “New” NHL sorry Buffalo

Posted: April 7, 2013 in Sports
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Call it the Buffalo fan in me, but it seems like the Sabres are always behind the eight ball. Mostly by their own lack of hard work, but next year the Sabres will start with one foot in the grave. The NHL is set to realign and in doing so the Sabres will get to have Detroit parked in the same division. After this year’s performance by the Sabres the thought of dealing with the Red Wings more often doesn’t sit well.
Looks like the Buffalo Sabres will be in a race for second place next year. I think they will be lucky if they manage to see the top 4. The new realignment is good for the NHL, but bad for Buffalo. This new set up should get fans going, and build up new and old rivalries. This is a one year set up. The NHL and NHLPA can take another look after the 2013-2014 seasons, and with the possible expansion of the league we may see more changes. One thing is for sure change can be a good thing; it just depends which side of the change you end up on.
Playoffs…Playoffs? The new playoff format looks to create a mad dash for the top four. The top three teams in each division will make up the first 12 teams in the playoffs. The remaining four spots will be filled by the next two highest-placed finishers in each conference, based on regular-season points and regardless of division. It will be possible, then, for one division to send five teams to the postseason while the other sends three.
Next year is going to drive the Sabres fan base nuts. With Darcy in charge, all we can do is cross our fingers and hope. It’s playoffs or bust for the Sabres. This fan base will not sit by and watch a repeat of this years performance.

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