Rochester secured a playoff spot last weekend with a home victory against the Calgary Roughnecks. Buffalo got beaten by the usually anemic Edmonton Rush offense. Those two events add up to Buffalo being in pretty bad shape.
Amazingly enough, however, if the stars align just right and the Bandits win their last two games, they could actually win the East division!
Based on their recent history, though, that looks like a real stretch.
The Bandits have only won one of their last four, scoring fewer than 10 goals a game in all three losses.
Notwithstanding the continued excellent play of John Tavares (38 G, 35 A) and Luke Wiles (35 G, 29 A), there just hasn't been much good to say offensively.
On the upside, their checking has been good. Having collected 974 loose balls as a team, they have outdone their opposition by almost one hundred balls. Of course, the trademark aggression of the Bandits has also led to 100 penalty-kill situations for them, as compared to only 88 power-plays.
The Knighthawks have looked pretty good in their last two games, both of which were played against the Calgary Roughnecks. After getting behind early, they nearly came back to win two weekends ago and last weekend they took it to the Roughnecks in the middle frames and won.
Although Cody Jamieson (35 G, 42 A) continues to pace the offense, rookie Johnny Powless has come on strong recently, posting identical three goal, four assist games against Calgary.
At the end of the day, Buffalo's inconsistent play in the last month makes me think they'll be in trouble against Rochester. I'm calling it a 13-10 Knighthawks win.