NEW YORK — Can the Buffalo Sabres make it to the post-season again?
They may not have the firepower to do so, but it’s not like they’re going to be able to lose in the playoffs.
“You have to win a playoff series to get into the playoffs, so that’s what we’re going through right now,” Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said.
“If we do win, we’ll be there.”
Buffalo is the Sabres’ third-highest scoring team, averaging 4.17 goals per game.
But that was before a series-clinching goal from Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals that clinched the franchise’s second Cup.
“We know how good the Oilers are, and we’re not afraid of that, but I don’t know if we’re as good as they are,” Regier added.
“We’ve got a lot of guys we’ve got to work on.
It’s not just the forwards, we’ve gotta bring in some more pieces that can make the play.”
The Oilers are on a six-game win streak that started in Game 1 of the conference finals and ended with a 2-1 victory in the conference semifinals.
“They’re a really good team,” Sabres center James Neal said.
“[They]’ve got some really good players, so I think we have to get some good games on them.”
They’ll get a chance to do just that in the second round, as the Sabres face the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night.
The Oilers, who are tied for the second wild card spot with the New York Rangers, were eliminated in the first round.
“There’s still a lot to play for,” Oilers coach Todd McLellan said.
The Oilers have a two-game lead over the Kings, which is tied with Nashville for the first wild card in the Western Division.
The Sabres, meanwhile, are just one game behind the Predators, who clinched their second Cup at home.