Buffalo Sabres Play on the Ice Gives Us a Real Look at the Team

Sean MartinContributor IJanuary 16, 2009

Alright, so last night the Sabres surprised the Stars right out of their hockey, as they came back from a 3-0 deficit to beat Dallas on the road in a shootout. This shows us that they can still come back from a large deficit to rally to a victory like they had done in the last three years. It surely leads to exciting hockey games!

The two games prior to the Dallas victory the Sabres lost to the Blackhawks and the Red Wings, arguably two of the top three Western teams in the league right now.

So what does this tell us about the team's future this season and into the playoffs? Quite simple actually. Buffalo hasn't had too bad of a problem when it comes to defeating the Eastern teams, even Goliath-like Boston as well as the Rangers and Capitals. So if Buffalo were to make the playoff's, even if they had to play the top seed in the first round, I could visualize an upset win for the Blue and Gold.

Now, I am saying all of this is tongue-in-cheek of course because the Sabres have to step up their play a little bit in order to keep themselves beating teams inferior to themselves. But they have shown that they are a playoff team, who when making an appearance in the post-season, usually can go deep. So I can see the Sabres making it to the Eastern Conference Finals again IF they can keep in the top eight spots.

But I can tell you now, if one of the three monsters in the west make the Stanley Cup this year, do not expect a win out of your hometown Sabres. Although they were able to score the first goal in both the Chicago and Detroit games, that first goal was their last, allowing the opponent to go unanswered until the end of regulation. That is not going to get you even one game against those teams.

The Sabres have the talent on their roster, that is for sure. They have shown that they have great speed, still they are much stronger this season as they are hitting more than usual, and most importantly, they are more durable.

There have been bare minimum injuries to affect the teams performance and that is a bright spot when looking past the regular season (A team like Montreal will have problems now because of their loss of top players).

The Sabres have shown the city of Buffalo that we just might be able to start preparing for another exciting post-season run, but I believe that they need to get back some grit, and that old blue-collar, hardest working team in hockey thought process in their heads.

If they can do that, I think this will be a good year. I don't think anyone would oppose to a run to the Finals then losing against a team like Detroit or San Jose because in the end, nothing is more exciting then Playoff hockey!

Go Buffalo!!!