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The way the Oilers were playing, it was going to take a monumental failure to end up below them. The Sabres got there pretty quickly with 11 consecutive losses, many of them ugly ones.
With 11 losses in their last 12 games, everyone please welcome the Sabres back to the driver's seat in the Connor McDavid race.
The Sabres appear to be crashing back to earth and violently so. The club is on a four-game losing streak and has lost eight of their last 10 games. They look like they're back in the Connor McDavid sweepstakes.
The Sabres still have their struggles, but a 6-1 record in shootouts has prevented them from leaving as many points out there. They're now 10 points clear of the league basement, where everyone thought they'd be.
The Sabres have posted a 9-8-2 record at home this year, which has been good news for the suffering Buffalo fans. Except for the ones that already bought Connor McDavid jerseys, that is.
About that whole tanking thing? Well, the Sabres are four points out of a playoff spot and nine points clear of the Eastern Conference basement. The question now is, is this a good thing or a bad thing?
After enjoying some success at the end of November, the Sabres are starting to look like their old selves. Making matters worse, the December schedule looks unkind to Buffalo.
Having won five of their last six, the Sabres are actually one of the hottest teams in the NHL right now. The goaltending has been terrific, which has been the difference, but also why it might be short-lived.
The Sabres are on a three-game winning streak. Shocking as that may be, it may be more shocking that they were far enough down that the streak didn't get them out of last place in the league.
Blowing out local rival Toronto at least gave Sabres fans something to cheer about momentarily and the Sabres still have the best chances of getting Connor McDavid.
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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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