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  • Writer's pictureDominic Konareski

Buffalo Sabres Have A Very Bright Future Despite 12th Straight Playoff Miss

Updated: May 18, 2023

A 2-6 loss against the New Jersey Devils would mark the downfall of Sabres’ hockey for the 2022/23 season; they have been eliminated from playoff contention.

The elimination marks the 12th straight year that Buffalo will miss the playoffs.

Buffalo has two games left of the season as they face Ottawa on Thursday and the Blue Jackets on Friday. Best Buffalo can do this season is 42-33-7, if they win those final two games.

Nevertheless this has been a season with multiple positives, the biggest one coming in the form of youths. There are so many exciting young players that have a lot of unrealized talent that’s trending in the right direction. Sabres’ fans have a lot to look forward to watching in the years to come.

The team is led by 26-year-old Tage Thompson and 22-year-old Rasmus Dahlin, when it comes to points scoring. Thompson leads the team with 93 points, the 6-foot-6 center has 46 goals accompanied by 47 assists on the season. Dahlin’s +/- of +11 is always a great statistic to admire. The defenseman has 15 goals with a staggering 57 assists, in what is his fifth season in the league.

Buffalo has been a team that is usually mathematically eliminated before March. The fact that they were contending within the final five games of regular season play is absolutely a showing of a new era in what has been a depressing franchise.

Expect this team to be a heavy contender for playoff hockey next season, because it is very likely they will make it.

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