Buffalo is losing a lot of points this month, and with every game they lose, their slim chance of making the playoffs diminishes. After a guest victory over strong Toronto (4:3) it might seem that the crisis has passed, but in the last game the Blades lost again. Granato led 3-1 early in the 3rd period in an even matchup against Washington, but the Capitals continued to attack on penalties after 4-4 in regulation time.
Philadelphia has nothing to complain about, finishing second to last in the Eastern Conference. The Pilots have been diving for a long time and have lost 12 of their last 14 games. At the end of last month, they had a strong shutout against New Jersey (7-0), were beaten by table neighbors Montreal (2-5), Vancouver (2-6) and lost to Pittsburgh (1-5). and Vegas (3:5). It’s hard to find motivation at the end of the regular season, but the season needs to be completed and you can play on a collision course with a crisis opponent without defense.
Buffalo is clearly not in optimal form right now, they are storming it with results, and the last 4:10 with Dallas is not yet forgotten. Opponents often play high games, Philadelphia suffers losses due to poor play in their zone, and the Blades prefer open goal-to-goal hockey with opponents at every level and regardless of the arena. Recently, the shock attack from the visitors has not made up for all the mistakes in the defense, the team is short and the hosts will probably have a chance, with the required sum previously hit in 7 of the last 9 face-to-face meetings.