Posts Tagged ‘Playoffs’

Its all over for the Buffalo Sabres, After a disappointing year their playoff hops have been shot down. Check out my thoughts here:


With the Blue and Gold in a dog fight for 8th,I still have questions. and with the help of Fansided  I have moved some of my thoughts to   Here what I have for today.

I will still be posting Sabres and NHL thoughts here from time to time, but check the new stuff on Too Many Men on the Site for more NHL and Sabres information

Tale of two teams

Posted: April 10, 2013 in Sports
Tags: , , , ,

Last night Sabres fans got to a chance to see three teams play. The Jets, the Sabres, and some team that showed up for 40 minutes. It was a Tale of two teams for Buffalo fans. The Sabres have started firing back at fan, and fans have taking to ripping the team. But, after all it is hockey.

First, let me address the booing issues. Mr. Ott while we understand that booing does nothing and that most players on this team have not been around for 5 or 6 years of poor play. You are all wearing the Blue and Gold fans love. I don’t think it is hard to believe that a lot of the booing is directed at the crest on the front of your jerseys. To be fair, after a game like last night the players should be thankful they were not playing in Buffalo last night.

Team one, the first 20 minutes the Sabres came out hitting and skating. Buffalo looked like they understood any chance of making the playoffs hung on how hard they played, and how badly they wanted it. The first period was fun to watch, and as a fan it had to peak your curiosity. For 20 minutes Sabres fans had something to hold on to, they had a hockey team to be proud of. But, like everything good third year that too faded with the horn at the end of the first.

Team two, sadly this team is the one that gets all the booing. They deserve any booing that comes their way. I guess the Sabres left their heart and soul in the locker room. There was very little work being done. For whatever reason this year’s Sabres team is just not going to cut it. I don’t know if it is skill or character, but I do know there is very little drive, or heart being shown on the ice. For 40 minutes the Sabres did little more then go through the motions. How is it that some of the Sabres feel booing in unjust? Are they watching how they play?

I understand that teams have down years, and teams cannot always give a full 60 minutes. But, do not go on the radio and rip fans, only to play a game that night and not show up for the game. After a three game winning streak and putting the playoffs in sight; a game like last night is the last thing the Sabres needed. Tomorrow night the Sabres take on the Canadians at the FNC. If the Sabres come out the way they left last night booing won’t be the team’s only problem. It’s a bad season, and last light was nothing more than another chapter in the Tale of two teams.


Welcome to Helper Sports

Wondering how to make the playoffs? Just win the game. In sports the idea is to win; it doesn’t matter how you win or how long it take a team to win the game, as long as they win. The NFL, MLB, and NBA three of the so called major four pro sports leagues follow that simple rule. The odd ball is the NHL; were a Shoot out win doesn’t count the same a regulation or Overtime victory.
The NHL uses a point system to determine the playoffs. A Team gets two points for any win; however the losing team can get a point if they get the game to a shoot out. Let’s call that a loser point. The 3 point game makes it harder to jump over teams and make the playoffs. Why is the NHL using this system, it is a joke. You should not get a point for losing. It’s a loss, you didn’t do your job, and you didn’t get the W. I say you get nothing. It should be 2 points for the win, that’s it; nice and simple.
The Buffalo Sabres are making a case for this right now. They have only won 11 games in regulation or overtime and they have won a game 5 times in a shootout; once you factor in their goes up to loser point the Sabres have 38 points. The Sabres have received 6 extra points this year, that’s like winning 3 more games. However the biggest problem is the New Jersey devils, they would drop 10 points off their current point total.
If you do the math and take away the loser point the standing change a bit. 1-4 would stay the about the same with Boston moving to third and Washington dropping to fourth, but only because Washington is leading the SE division. Washington would have 40 points in a 2 point system. It’s the teams trying to fight for their playoff lives it affects more, spots 9-15 moves around a bit more. Here what it would look like.
9- Winnipeg 38pts (currently in 10th)
10- Philadelphia 34pts (currently in 12th)
11- Carolina 32pts (2 games @ hand vs. Buffalo) (currently in 13th)
12- Tampa Bay 32pts (1 game @ hand vs. Buffalo) (currently in 14th)
13- Buffalo 32pts (currently in 11th)
14- New Jersey 30pts (currently in 9th)
15- Florida 24pt (currently in 15th)
If you don’t like a two point system there is a 3-2-1 system in use. It is being used in the World Juniors. If the 3-2-1 system sounds like a foreign concept, it essentially awards three points if you win in regulation, two if you win in OT and one if you are defeated in OT. It helps to separate good teams from the bad teams. It still tosses a “bone” to a losing team for getting into over time, but the 3 points for a regulation victory helps separate the looser points. The 3-2-1 system forces teams to keep working in the third period. It would also help break up the trap, or the lock depending on the team we are talking about.
Both ideas have pros and cons, but the NHL needs to do something. Win to get in. The NHL needs to stop being different and just get the best teams in to the playoffs.
Welcome to Helper Sports