You're almost there Sabres fans. The end of a season filled with suffering is just four games away. Its a season that will go down as one of the worst, if not the worst, in franchise history. Let's recap, shall we?
For the second straight year, the Sabres fired their head coach during the season. The general manager, who had been on the job for 16 years, was let go as well. A new president of hockey operations was hired but he resigned in a matter of months. The team's captain and one of the franchise's all time leading goal scorers was traded. Actually two captains were traded this season with Thomas Vanek going first, followed by Steve Ott. And the franchise's all time winningest goalie was traded too.
Not surprisingly that all contributed to an historically bad performance from the Blue and Gold. The Sabres have 51 points with four games left. That ties the franchise record for fewest points which was set way back in the 1971-72 season, the Sabres second year of existence. Keep in mind though, that team played only 78 games and didn't earn extra points with shootout victories. The 71-72 group had 19 ties.
This year's Sabres have shattered the franchise record for fewest goals scored which was 190. They have 150 goals heading into tonight's game with Detroit. The Sabres have been shutout ten times and have scored just one goal on 23 occassions. That means they've been held under two goals in 33 of 78 games. If you look at five on five play, the Sabres have a total of 92 goals in the 78 games.
The team's leading scorer, Tyler Ennis, has 42 points. The Sabres have led after the first period in only 11 games. They led after two periods just eight times. Their record when trailing after two is 3-38-4.
If you look at things from a league perspective, the 51 points is the lowest total post 2005 lockout. The 06-07 Philadelphia Flyers are next with 56 points. The Sabres are 13 points behind the team with the second worst record, Florida. They will finish last overall for the first time in 27 years.
Buffalo's 14 regulation and overtime wins is dead last, six behind Florida. The 150 goals scored is easily the worst in the NHL, 38 behind the aforementioned Panthers. Buffalo's eight road wins is also fewest in the league, five behind Florida and Edmonton.
Only four games to go Sabres fans and hopefully the nightmare will be over.