With less than a week until the start of the Buffalo Sabres' 2013-14 season, it's time to make some bold predictions. Thus far, the team is 4-1-1 in the preseason, but that's hardly an indicator of an Eastern Conference contender. Still, we can't count out the Blue and Gold just yet.
With the beginning of the rebuilding process, a lot of things are going to be different in Buffalo. That means some players will have to step up and take new roles, while others may be shipped out of town.
Either way, it looks to be an intriguing—albeit probably unsuccessful—season in the Queen City. Here are my five predictions for the season.