Delaying the inevitable, the Ottawa Senators held on and defeated the Hurricanes tonight, so the Sabres lead on the division is now down to five. Despite getting help in building a lead from Tampa Bay and Florida, the Hurricanes could not hold on to defeat the hot Senators.
The Sabres still hold the extra ace in the hole; and can still put the division away without outside help, but they need to stop losing. The Sabres have a night off before playing in Montreal, another division foe. Now is not the time to be getting into a slump.