for their part, the sabres also did very well going 8-3-1...although they lost ground on the bruins (8-4-2,) they did inch closer to the habs (6-2-3) who presently hold down the #7 spot in the eastern conference...
among the highlights for the month, the sabres beat division leading bruins twice (once in ot) and the habs once (in ot)...they also snared five of six points on a western road trip to open the month...
on the downside, the talent-disparity between the philadelphia flyers and the sabres was evident as the fly-boys toyed with the good-guys before putting them away 5-2...the sabres also posted two clunkers vs. the ny islanders (14th in the conference)...
the northeast division standings (as of january, 1):
- boston--45 points
the mediocre play of southeast teams, atlanta, carolina and florida allowed the sabres to inch back into the eastern conference bubble-team mix:
- atlanta (now 8th in the conference) went 4-4-3
- carolina (9th) gained one point on the sabres going 8-4-2
- florida (11th) completed a very busy month compiling a 6-5-3 record
slowwwwwwwly they turned, step by step, inch by...inch...