Buffalo and Vancouver are beating teams regularly, Buffalo sits at 9-4-2 with 20 points they are 3rd in the East, out West the Canucks are sitting at 9-3-2 with 20 points, also good for 3rd in their conference.
The question is, are either for real? Are both?
Both teased last year, Buffalo had a torrid start and was among the best teams in the game early before a complete collapse, Vancouver was never that high or that low but hung around the wild card race until late
Pre-season, I had both teams sniffing around the playoff picture as a bubble team.
If things fall right, either could make it in, if they go not so right, they fall right out.
That said, as was mentioned, I really do like Vancouver's overall depth compared to Buffalo's and their goaltending seems to be more solid and stable.
Granted, Jacob Markstrom is in a contract year and we all know how that goes sometimes (plays like Superman, gets a big payday, goes back to being Clark Kent after th
I answered "neither," provided this was "Cup contender."
Both are quite likely playoff teams. Both have young talent that are growing as units. Both have sufficient goaltending.
Anything can happen in the playoffs, so either could get on a run, but I wouldn't call either contenders. Both seem to be headed in that direction in the coming years.