The National Hockey League’s first-round playoff series with the Montreal Canadiens took place last week and there’s a lot to like.
While Montreal outscored the Sabres by two goals on Saturday, it still came out on top.
The Sabres finished a tie for fifth in the Eastern Conference with 35 points and finished second in the Central Division with 38 points.
That’s the second-best record in the NHL this season and it also helped push the Sabres to the No. 3 seed in the Metropolitan Division.
The team also got a first-place vote in the Atlantic Division and it’s not too far off from being in the race.
Buffalo also got the best goaltending of the season from the goaltending tandem of Nikita Zadorov and James Reimer.
Both have been phenomenal in helping the Sabres win the Stanley Cup, posting a 0.99 goals-against average and .928 save percentage in 20 games.
Zadorav and Reimer have played a combined 823 regular-season games together and they’ve combined for 10 shutouts.
Zaderov is coming off a 10-game point streak, while Reimer is currently on a four-game win streak.
Reimer and Zadorova have combined for eight goals and nine assists for 24 points in 25 games.
That said, the Sabres haven’t been able to stop anyone, and that’s why they’ve been on the road the past few weeks.
Buffalo hasn’t allowed more than two goals or less than one goal in the first eight games this season.
The biggest issue the Sabres have been dealing with has been the puck movement.
They’ve only managed to score four goals in the past five games and they’re notching just three in their past six games.
Injuries have also been a problem for the Sabres.
Buffalo has scored just 10 goals in 16 games this year.
They also have three of their top five goal scorers sitting on injured reserve.
They are currently without forward Mark Pysyk, defenseman Nick Ritchie, and goalie Connor Hellebuyck.