The All-Star game is Sunday.
The Sabres are at home thinking about their 2-1 SO win at New Jersey.
And the 12-game road-losing streak-a franchise record- is officially history.
Jason Pominville is in Ottawa on Team Alfredsson, ironic since he burned the Ottawa captain on a move that goes down as one of the most famous goals in Sabres' history. It was also the only time in NHL history that an overtime playoff game ended on a short-handed goal.
The Sabres sit tied for dead-last in the Eastern Conference after hovering around the playoff bubble to begin the month of December. Their record since then: 7-15-4.
Everything coming out of the organization says that, because of injuries, status quo is the way to go.
That includes GM Darcy Regier and Head Coach Lindy Ruff still at the helm. Assistant coaches James Patrick and Kevyn Adams, as well as goaltending coach, Jim Corsi, are still with the organization.
"The core" remains as well and with them the defense and goaltending.
"Injuries" is the theme and patience is the motto.
With the goal of 93 pts. to make the playoffs, the Sabres, who are last in the Northeast Division with 45 pts., would need a record of 21-5-6 to hit that mark.
Good luck with that.