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Playoffs? Sabres Formula Simple But Not Easy

With the Buffalo Sabres facing the

perennial doormat

slightly underrated New York Islanders three times in the next five games, fans and media here are making various conjectures about what it would realistically take for the Sabres to make the postseason.

What’s the formula for this tenth place team, currently eight points out of eighth place, to climb the charts and grab a playoff spot?

For those of us blogging twitterphiles feeling unarmed sans the required journalism degree to venture into such a realm of analytical complexity, let’s leave this Mensa-level exercise for the professionals.

“It’s a long, long way until the playoffs—Buffalo still has 39 games on the regular-season schedule—but the Sabres won’t get there without beating the teams ahead of them.”

- Buffalo News sports reporter John Vogl, January 14, 2011.

“…the Sabres need to beat the teams below them if they want to improve their 10th-place spot. The schedule gives them an opportunity to extend their 5-1-1 streak.”

- Vogl, later that same day.


That’s pure gold, so on second thought, let’s take a slap shot at this and review some prevailing theories on what parts of their remaining schedule are most crucial for the Sabres to ace in their drive to make the playoffs.

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  Tags: atlanta+thrashers, buffalo+news, carolina+hurricanes, john+vogl, montreal+canadiens, nhl+playoffs

Blast From Buffalo Reporter Exposes Our Vanity

As you’ve probably figured out by now, we’re living in an increasingly egocentric world.  It’s 2010 and all of us, in our tweeting, blog meta tagging and facebook friending glory, are legends in our own minds.  We’re so important and relevant that we were even voted collectively as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year.

So, when someone dares to challenge our elite celebrity status or question our worthiness as it were, well at that point it’s “Go” time.  That’s precisely what happened in Buffalo yesterday.  An e-mob of Sabres fans shouted a loud “Do You Know Who I Am!” to a mainstream newspaper guy who by technology standards still parties like its 1999.

After some unsubstantiated hearsay about Derek Roy supposedly striking Tim Connolly in the face at Ryan Miller’s charity event gained some legs courtesy of a tweet from former Sabre and current ESPN reporter Matthew Barnaby, Buffalo News reporter John Vogl apparently was frustrated by his due diligence obligation on the matter.

It’s not preferable for those who report the news to become the news, but that’s exactly what happened following Tuesday’s Sabres practice, when Vogl unloaded some epic anti-twitter blasts for the ages in his blog. 

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