As of Monday night, the Sabres remained seven points out of the playoffs with 23-games remaining. Sabres coach Lindy Ruff says he still believes in his team and that it can make a run for the playoffs.
"I look at it that if we win a game we can close the gap to five points. I think we can put a run together... I told the team that before Pittsburgh that I still believe in you. That when we've been healthy and on the same page, we've been able to push ahead."
It will not be an easy road for his team to get there.Before Monday night's action, the Sabres were seven points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with six teams to overtake.
Looming ahead on Monday is the NHL trade deadline. Speculation continues to intensify surrounding the Sabres who could quite possibly try to move out some some players to get some value in return and create space to retool their roster this summer.
Paul Gaustad has been the focus of much of the speculation as the 30-year old center is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
"For me I've always wanted to be a Sabre. I've always wanted to win in Buffalo. I've come to grow up here in my adult life and winning here is one of my main goals in hockey."
Center Derek Roy has also been the subject of much of the trade talk with one year left on his contract, and just 13 goals this season.
"You don't want to see your friends leave, but it's a business and at the same time... you're going to play and win hockey games. You're not worried about what's gong to happen off the ice."
The Sabres host the Islanders Tuesday night.
The NHL trade deadline is set for Monday (2/27) at 3:00pm.