What happens when two terrible teams play each other? Usually sleep. Tonight, the Buffalo Sabres and the Edmonton Oilers get together at Rexall in Edmonton. By eye and by number, this does not look inviting. The advanced stats show these two teams to be bottom of the table types, the shot differentials are ghastly.
The basic GF-GA totals are equally noxious:
The Edmonton Oilers are in real danger of pulling themselves outside the top three in this year's draft (with the lottery still to come).
If the Oilers beat Buffalo tonight, they'll be 15 points ahead of the Sabres, one point beyond Florida and tied with the Islanders. Now, they will have played more games, but after going 10-4-3 in their last 17 Edmonton is in real danger of catching Florida and Long Island.
Calgary is in the picture too. Edmonton plays Calgary Saturday night and a scenario exists where the two teams could be tied by the time Scott Oake makes the nation squirm late Saturday night.
Buffalo fans can speak openly about Sam Reinhart, Aaron Ekblad and Sam Bennett. Florida and the Islanders can also join the party. Edmonton? The current winning streak has them in real danger of being on the outside looking in.