The Sabres floated through the opening series with the Islanders, not playing as well as they might have hoped, but still winning in 5 games. Overall Buffalo's offensive will need to step up and put some more pucks in the net if they expect to get far in the East. Young goaltender Ryan Miller will keep them in games, but he's not going to steal many.
In the only sweep in the first round of the playoffs the Ranger's upset the Southeast Division champion Atlanta Thrashers. The Ranger's may not have the depth of the Sabres, but they certainly get enough well balanced scoring to be more than competitive. Henrik Lundqvist is also a young goaltender, but he's got experience in playing under pressure. Lundqvist lead team Sweden to the gold medal in Turin last year.
It's hard to judge these teams, as both of them played mediocre teams in the first round. Neither team had to play at full force to advance. This series will be the Sabres if they step up and play at the level that they can. Buffalo in 6.