The Buffalo Sabres began this shortened season with a lot of promise. Yet, after only 10 games in, that promise has again become disappointment. So what are the biggest reasons this team already seems destined to miss the playoffs for a second consecutive year?
Simply put, their defense has been terrible so far and they only have one line scoring. Combine that with the continued struggles of their supposed franchise goalie, and that's the blueprint to a 3-6-1 start.
But more than anything, this team is begging for change.
Why isn't Lindy Ruff on the hot seat already? And is Darcy Regier going to, as he always does, idly sit by and watch this team plummet down the standings before he even considers making a move?
Let's take a look at the four biggest reasons the Sabres look like they're headed for a last-place finish, and what they need to do to change their fortunes.