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There's defiance to the tank in the players as evidenced by three wins in their last five games. The guys on the ice would love to spoil the last place party, but the Blue Jackets and Penguins await. It's almost over for Buffalo, but for fans, last place could be remembered as the beginning of something entirely different.
GM Tim Murray told the 'New York Times' that he thinks too much about Connor McDavid, which means he's probably going to end up with Jack Eichel. That's not a bad consolation prize, but McDavid has been built up so much, the pressure on Eichel would be immense in that situation.
The Sabres couldn't hold a lead to save their lives vs. Dallas on Monday, nearly scoring on themselves in the process. Yet, the Coyotes are knocking on the door of last place. Scary times in Buffalo.
The Sabres followed up two consecutive wins with seven straight losses. That's more like it.
Connor McDavid now has 109 points in 42 games this season. Jack Eichel leads the NCAA with 55 points in 32 games. One of these two players will be a Buffalo Sabre next season.
The Sabres, as expected, continued gutting their roster. They didn't end up bring back a lot of value on deadline day. It's the move made weeks ago to nab Evander Kane and Zach Bogosian that made this a memorable year in transactions for Tim Murray.
Connor McDavid already eclipsed the 90-point plateau in just 36 games. Jack Eichel is the front-runner for the Hobey Baker as the leading scorer in the NCAA with 50 points. So it's not all bad, Buffalo.
Landing Evander Kane and Zach Bogosian provides some glimmers of sunlight in a very dark season in Buffalo. There are more pieces to be moved out as Tim Murray continues setting the framework for the Sabres to get out of this misery.
The Sabres are 2-2-0 since their 14-game losing streak, but it looks like that dire run will likely seal them getting the best shot at nabbing the first-overall pick. After being this bad, they better hope the ping pong balls bounce their way.
Fourteen straight losses. That's fourteen (14) games that ended without the Sabres earning even a single standings point. It's almost hard to believe a team in the NHL could be this bad, tanking or not.
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The Sabres are dead last in goal differential, have generated the fewest shots on goal per game while allowing the most. Sure does look like the Connor McDavid countdown is already on.
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