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By Matt Canamucio
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Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - To see the potential of the Buffalo Sabres, all you need to do is take a look at two games this past week.

A 7-2 win over Tampa Bay that saw the team net seven goals in one period. A 7-4 win over division foe Toronto two nights later.

OK, while the latter score looks worse than it was -- it included two empty- netters -- that doesn't diminish how impressive these two victories were. One included as dominating of a period that you'll see and the other was against one of those teams lagging further and further behind in the Northeast Division.

The bottom line is this. At press time the Sabres are eight points ahead of their closest competition in the Eastern Conference, and it's only November. They are the only NHL team with over 90 goals, let alone 100.

With five players already sporting double-digit goal-scoring totals, the Sabres are displaying the same balance that sparked them to last spring's Eastern Conference finals. They are getting solid play from goaltender Ryan Miller and the defense.

Every regular on the team but one is rated in the plus, with the lone exception being right wing Ales Kotalik.

Last spring it seemed as if the Sabres were built to win a championship with the new NHL style. But the whole playoff thing was new to many of them. Now they are still built in the same mold, plus they have experienced the joyous ups and disheartening downs of a deep playoff run.

But what about the rest of the East?

The Carolina Hurricanes are the defending Stanley Cup champions, and they defeated the Sabres in seven during the Eastern Conference finals. The Canes have had a decent month of November that has propelled them into the mix atop the Southeast Division. However, Cam Ward looks like a second-year goalie at times and hasn't been able to sustain momentum like he did during the playoffs.

The Atlanta Thrashers currently lead the Southeast and have one of the league's top offensive trios in Ilya Kovalchuk, Marian Hossa and Slava Kozlov. They have a goaltender with pedigree in Kari Lehtonen, but his consistency isn't where it needs to be.

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At this point in time I think the Buffalo Sabres ARE the best in the NHL hands down. They arent playing very well as of late but nobody is perfect so Buffalo is starting to find bumps in the road now and they gradually are finding there way around them
 
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