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NHL Power Rankings: Chicago Blackhawks Matching Expectations

By Colin Likas
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 28: Alex DeBrincat
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BUFFALO, NY – NOVEMBER 28: Buffalo Sabres bench watches the action during an NHL game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on November 28, 2017 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. Tampa Bay won, 2-0. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY – NOVEMBER 28: Buffalo Sabres bench watches the action during an NHL game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on November 28, 2017 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. Tampa Bay won, 2-0. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images) /

31. Buffalo Sabres

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Look, I’m not sure many people expected the Sabres to be a good hockey team this year. But 16 points in 25 games? A 1-7-2 record in their last 10? Three wins at home? Yeah, you have to call this group underachieving. And this is in the Atlantic Division, where 25 points gets you a playoff spot.

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