5) The playoff situation
Through 48 games, you could split the Sabres’ 2018-19 campaign into three seasons. Through the first 15 games they were essentially .500, with a record of 7-6-2.
The team then embarked on their fantastic 10-game win streak. As per Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News, they became the first team in NHL history to go from last overall one season to first overall through 25 games of the next one.
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Since then, the Swords have gone on a terrible run, with a record of 7-12-4. As a result, they now sit outside a playoff spot, leading to a plethora of fans and media folks declaring that the season is falling apart.
Here’s the thing though, while the Sabres were never as good as their 10 consecutive wins theoretically indicated, they’re also not as bad as their current run of poor form suggests. Regardless, as far as we’re concerned, the team is still ahead of schedule overall.
Whether this means the franchise will end a playoff drought which currently stands at seven seasons, is open to debate. However, trust us when we say that even if the drought does extend to eight seasons, things are not as bad overall as you may initially feel.
Are there any of our five observations which you particularly agree or disagree with? In addition, are there any other observations you would add to the list? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.