**Before I posted I wanted to let everyone know about an issue. There for a short period of time I was having an issuing with posts that were written not showing up, or disappearing all together. I think the bugs have been worked out. **
Tonight the Buffalo Sabres are in Boston to hopefully, beat up on the Bruins. The Sabres can dispatch of the Montreal Canadiens from the division title race tonight by putting two points in the books. With the playoffs in the books for this year, it will be real easy for the Sabres to sit back and coast through the final eight games of the season, but the division is still within grabs.
The Sabres face an opponent tonight that is still looking to solidify a look at the post season. Boston holds the eighth and final playoff spot, but only by a couple of points, and with Atlanta surging late and playing the Hurricanes, many B’s will have their eyes on the out of town scoreboard looking to see how that game is going.
The most important factor for the Sabres is how the Ottawa Senators are fairing. The other day I put up a post putting the magic number at 8. If the Sens win out at this point, the Sabres would need 8 points to win the division. The Sabres are still in control of their own destiny. They might get a little help from Washington tomorrow, as they play the Sens.
With the playoffs wrapped up, and coming off win number 200 – I would make the decision to put Patrick Lalime back in net for this one, Lalime struggles when he doesn’t play much, and he wasn’t tested all that bad against Tampa Bay. It really depends on where the Sabres are as an organization, whether they might want to put the peddle down now, or see how the cards fall. Personally I would play Lalime more in the hopes of getting him the gametime he needs in the event we need him in the playoffs.