Buffalo hasn’t qualified for the playoffs since 2011 and they were not projected to qualify for the playoffs in 2022-23. The Sabres regular season point total was set at 77.5 prior to the season, but with 56 points in 50 games, the Sabres are projected to soar over that mark. Now, they find themselves on the cusp of ending their playoff drought.
The Sabres is currently one point back of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who occupy the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, and four points back of the Washington Capitals. On top of that, the Sabres are being chased closely by the Panthers and Islanders, but they do have two games in hand on those teams.