Tonight the Sabres play host to another team who has secured over 100 points already, and is holding a division title looking to add to their total and secure the title, in the New Jersey Devils.
The Sabres have played surprisingly well against the Devils, however, they were without Martin Brodeur, in fact one Sabre win came on the night that the Devils learned they were going to be without the future hall of famer.
The Sabres were able to overcome adversity last night and win, but we have seen this team go ice cold in a second like a shower enjoyed too long. Ryan Miller has to be better, there is no getting 5 goals for a win against Martin Brodeur.
While tonights opponent is the New Jersey Devils, to the Sabres it is merely a means to an end, a logo on a sweater, and a name on the score sheet. They have their sites set on the New York Rangers, just five points ahead of them. The Rangers have four games remaining, which if they won them all would put them at 93 points. If that were to happen the Sabres would also have to win out, ending up with an added 10 points and 95 overall.
There is another variable in the mix however, the Florida Panthers are between the Sabres and Rangers, so it is not as easy as pacing the Rangers for the final spot. A slip up by the Rangers will have the Sabres chaning aim to the Panthers real quick. With games in hand, it is possible to make the playoffs, with a loss not utterly detrimental, but definitely harmful.
To carry on a little Sabrenoise.com mini tradition, here is another very bad music video to pun the Sabres March to the Playoffs; which is a long way off from the Quest for the Cup:
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